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Residents Say Crossing San Jose’s Senter Road Dangerous Long Before Hit-&-Runs

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SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — Residents who live near Senter Road in South San Jose said crossing the street was dangerous long before two hit-and-run collisions on Sunday and Monday.

John Tran, who lives near Senter Road, said he sees cars not slowing down for pedestrians. “When they see the light, they keep going, they never stop,” he said. “It’s real dangerous, yeah, very dangerous.”

On Sunday night, a 51-year-old man was fatally struck crossing Senter Road and Balfour Drive. The next day, another person was hit less than a block away. He is in critical condition.

So far, police have only made an arrest in the second incident. “The driver did leave the scene.  Several hours later the driver returned and officers took that driver into custody and continued with their investigation,” said Sgt. Heather Randol of the San Jose Police Department.

Sunday’s incident was the 11th fatal crash involving a car and pedestrian in San Jose so far this year, and there have been 26 hit-and-runs.

Senter Road seems to be a hot spot. At times, it’s three lanes wide, with houses on one side, and a strip mall on the other. There are plenty of people on foot and on bikes, along with plenty of jaywalking.

Adding to the danger are speeding drivers. On Tuesday, a San Jose traffic cop clocked drivers going as fast as 58 miles per hour, the posted limit is 40 miles per hour.

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