A woman crossing the intersection at Adeline and Harmon streets was struck by a car and killed at 9:05 pm last night, according to Berkeley police.

The 58-year-old woman was from Oakland, but her identity has not yet been released, said Andrew Frankel, the public information officer for the Berkeley Police Department.

The driver Jesse Donald Kelly, 42, of Oakland, did stop after striking the woman, he said. Kelly was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence causing injury or death. He is being held in Santa Rita jail on $201,500 bail.

The death comes during Pedestrian Safety Awareness month, which started March 1. In 2009, 106 pedestrians were injured in auto-related accidents in Berkeley. Three people died after being struck by cars while walking in a crosswalk, including 5-year-old Zachary Cruz. Police are trying to call attention to the problem.

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  1. I echo the sentiments above. My condolences to the family. And let’s give a little credit to the driver who had at least enough sense to stop and not flee (per SFGate).

  2. Condolences to this family, what a terrible tragedy! This problem is terrible in Berkeley. And both drivers and pedestrians are to blame. We don’t know the facts in this instance, but in my experience, drivers go way too fast on major thoroughfares, leaving little time to react to pedestrians. Pedestrians walk off the curb way too quickly, stepping in front of cars that are already much too close to stop at that point. Drivers don’t realize how vulnerable pedestrians are, and pedestrians think a car can stop instantaneously. Depending on the car, it can take 3 car lengths or more, if the car is proceeding at the appropriate speed limit. And then there are the bicyclists. I bike too. And I see way too many bicyclists not obeying the basic rules of the road, not stopping at intersections, etc. Let’s hope people start to wake up to the fact that people are fragile, and cars are lethal. In the end, it won’t matter who is right. The car will always win. Please be careful out there!