An elderly woman was hit by a "distracted" driver Wednesday while she was walking on the sidewalk near the intersection of Rengstorff Avenue and Central Expressway, officials with the police department confirmed today.
Details are still scarce, as a full police report has yet to be filed on the April 3 incident in which a car struck a pedestrian, closing down the intersection for several hours while police investigated the accident.
The 81-year-old woman remains in a local hospital, according to a Mountain View Police Department spokesman. "The driver was distracted and veered off the road." Police did not disclose what was distracting the driver.
The accident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. near the ramp from westbound Central Expressway to north Rengstorff Avenue, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer with the MVPD. No arrests were made, which likely means that neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to be a factor, Thompson added.
In an ironic twist, April is "Distracted Driving Awareness Month," according to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP is reminding drivers that it is illegal to text or talk on the phone without a hands-free device while driving.