ATHERTON (KCBS/BCN) – A stretch of El Camino Real was shut down for much of Friday morning while Atherton police investigated the death of a transient who was struck and killed while trying to cross the street.

The San Mateo County coroner’s office identified the man who was fatally struck as 55-year-old Honofre Mendoza.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

The crash was reported around 6:15 a.m. on El Camino Real just north of Watkins Avenue, Atherton police Lt. Joe Wade said.

Officers responded and found Mendoza, a transient who was staying at a homeless encampment in the area, lying in the far left southbound lane of the road.

Emergency personnel tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Wade said.

Police originally said Mendoza was 65 years old, but the coroner’s office clarified that he was 55.

The driver of the Toyota Camry that struck the victim stopped at the scene and is fully cooperating with police, Wade said.

The preliminary investigation has revealed that Mendoza and another man were leaving the homeless encampment and were crossing the road in an area that does not have a crosswalk, according to Wade.

He said the first of the two men made it across, but Mendoza was struck by the vehicle, which was traveling in the middle southbound lane.

Lanes of El Camino Real were closed between Atherton and Encinal avenues for more than four hours due to the crash. The road was fully reopened around10:45 a.m., police said.

The death was the second to occur on a half-mile stretch of El Camino Real in the past few weeks.

A 62-year-old bicyclist was struck and killed while crossing the road at Isabella Avenue around 10:35 a.m. on Sept. 30.

Wade said the two fatalities show the need to “be safe when you’re crossing the roadway.”

“It’s already a hazard when you cross the street as a pedestrian, so use caution,” he said.

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Comments (10)
  1. liberal h8r says:

    I can picture this Prius Elitist doing 90mph in 40 zone only caring about his/herself, and then could not get out of the way. The pedestrian is a moron for trying cross a very busy and wide section of 82 where there are no cross walks. A couple of NOR-CAL geniuses at work.

    1. ducky says:

      Actually, there is a crosswalk just yards above where the pedestrian’s body is laying so it’s possible they were in the crosswalk when they were hit, and they were thrown that far. You were not there so you probably shouldn’t comment and assume things. And someone died, you shouldn’t be saying nasty thigns.

      1. McDone says:

        You are absolutely right, Ducky, (love the name, I am from Eugene, OR, go Ducks)…it is extremely tacky to bad-mouth a deceased person….ESPECIALLY when you don’t know what the details are……It is a sad occurance……..

    2. r says:

      there’s no mention of what type of vehicle hit the pedestrian. why do you assume it was a prius? the only prius i saw in the video was turning around to go the other way. it was nowhere near the accident scene and it looked like there were other cars being turned around at that point also. why do you assume only liberals drive priuses? the governor, who’s republican, drives a hybrid. you’re an idiot.

    3. mykie84 says:

      The article states the car that hit the guy was a Camry, not a Prius. You really are quick to judge a situation you have little knowledge of. Looks like you too are a moron.

      1. r says:

        my comment was in reply to liberal h8ter who assumed it was a prius that struck the victim. it’s not my problem if channel 5’s website sucks and doesn’t put the replies where they’re supposed to go. if you’d read all of the comments, you probably would’ve figured out that my comment was a reply to someone else.

  2. Kim says:

    did you guys read the article?? it was a toyota camry that struck the ped.

    1. d says:

      when the article first came out, there was no mention of the type of car. they didn’t have much info yet.

  3. Bloodhounds says:

    I don’t know how it is in Atherton but in SF it doesn’t matter if you’re in the crosswalk or not. They’ll run you over and keep on going.

  4. Pete says:

    How about looking both ways before crossing the street ? didn’t anyone listen to Mom? They can’t hit you if your not in front of them ! Most of these tragedies can be avoided!

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