Pleasanton city workers removed the flashing yellow lights embedded in the Francisco Street crosswalk at Santa Rita Road crosswalk days before a couple crossing Santa Rita on their way home was struck and injured last Saturday night, suffering serious injuries.
A 29-year -old drive from Danville hit the couple.
Neither she nor the couple have yet been identified by Pleasanton police, who are continuing to investigate the accident.
Witnesses said the couple was crossing in the early evening darkness at 8:30 p.m. when the driver traveling north on Santa Rita Road struck the husband and wife.
Pleasanton Police Sergeant Robert Leong said the couple was crossing in the marked crosswalk at the intersection with Francisco from the Amador Center shopping center apparently headed to their home.
The flashing yellow lights embedded in the Santa Rita Road crosswalk had been removed earlier although the yellow warning lights on posts facing traffic in both directions are still there and were operating when the couple crossed Santa Rita.
City workers have yet to explain why the embedded lights were removed, although their positions on Santa Rita are marked in red as if the the city planned to replace them.
Leong said the motorist stopped immediately and is cooperating with police investigators.
Anyone who may have information related to the investigation is asked to call the Pleasanton Police Department at (925) 931-5100.