SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — San Jose Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver who struck a 52-year-old man who was riding a one-wheel e-scooter in San Jose Tuesday night.

Officers responded around 9:55 p.m. to the collision reported in the 1500 block of Kooser Road and found the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as 52-year-old David Jones.

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It was the 17th traffic fatality in San Jose this year.

“It was unreal, I did not believe them when they called and said, ‘Your brother’s dead,'” said Jones’ sister Sheila Scott.

Scott added she had just spoken to her brother a few hours before getting the call that he had been killed.

“I’m still in shock, I’m still in shock,” said Scott. “I just can’t even process it right now.”

A witness told police Jones was riding on the darkened roadway when he somehow lost control of the device and fell to the ground but didn’t get up.

“Immediately, he was run over by a vehicle that did not stop,” said San Jose Police Officer Steve Aponte. “The vehicle as of now is unidentified and unaccounted for and the driver as well.”

Police have not released any description of the vehicle or driver.

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Scott said her brother had been homeless, but had recently found housing and was looking forward to working again after being laid off from a fast-food restaurant job during the pandemic.

“He said corporate had called him, and he was really excited to go back to work because McDonald’s was going to open up,” said Scott.

“We talk about these as numbers and percentages, but we know that these are horrendous events that affect families and friends and co-workers,” said Colin Heyne with the city’s Transportation Department.

Heyne says although the cause of the crash is still under investigation, San Jose has seen a spike in fatalities over the past year of COVID because of speeding.

“People are driving faster they’re taking advantage of the empty streets and lanes so we see faster driving and more reckless driving and that is more often going to result in a fatality when there is a crash,” Heyne said.

Anyone with more information on the crash was asked to call the San Jose Police Department.

 

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