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Pedestrian killed at Rosewood and Old Santa Rita

Original post made on Aug 4, 2008

A 41-year-old woman died after being hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Rosewood Drive and Old Santa Rita Road, according to police.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 4, 2008, 4:30 PM

Comments (50)

Posted by Anna, a resident of Avila
on Aug 4, 2008 at 7:29 pm

This is so tragic for both pedestrian and the driver that will live with the nightmare.
My prayers go out to the victims family.

I can't help but wonder...
What do they do for crosswalk and educational enforcement? Have someone try to cross and see how many people almost hit him?

Posted by Maria, a resident of Dublin
on Aug 4, 2008 at 10:16 pm

May God be with both families.

Posted by a frequent walker, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2008 at 1:29 am

What do they do to enforce the crosswalk laws? Not much. Try to walk just about any place in this town and you will be taking your life in your hands. I am not really sure why the police do not enforce the crosswalk laws and the speed limits more but they don't. Good luck cause luck is about all you have going for you when the SUV drivers are too busy talking on their cell phones to pay attention to driving.

Posted by Chris, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 5, 2008 at 8:40 am

I was heading down Rosewood at 1:00 p.m. and saw all the emergency vehicles and I saw the woman's shoes in the road still. It broke my heart to see her shoes....I prayed for her and that is how fast we can go. Bless all. Yes, Cholo I am always "blessing all".....

Posted by Pekhna, a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Aug 5, 2008 at 8:46 am

Hi. My parents are personal family friends of the woman who died. It is extremely tragic. I feel bad for both the victim's family and the driver's family.

Just an FYI, the woman who was killed was 59 years old. Not 41.

Posted by Grace, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 5, 2008 at 9:46 am

This is indeed a very tragic incident; so sad to hear of this. The San Jose Mercury News had an updated article with more complete information, as early as 5pm on Monday:

Web Link

Posted by DanU, a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2008 at 9:51 am

OMG. I was almost hit yesterday at 4PM while walking from Borders to the AT&T building where I work. This is only one block from where this accident occured. A woman in an SUV ran the red light, and sped by RIGHT IN FRONT of me as I entered the crosswalk. I should have gotten her license plate number and reported her to the police. It was a dark tan/brown Suburban or Yukon.

Posted by Concerned Resident, a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2008 at 12:02 pm

I think we all as pedestrians need to be more aware. I know when I walk I am extremely careful and cautious. We have a responsibility too, to make sure we are crossing safely. We should NEVER assume that the driver "should" stop. I as a driver have also had pedestrians walk right out in front of my vehicle with no crosswalk and then glare at me as if it is my fault. This incident is tragic, for both families involved.

Posted by ptown231, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 5, 2008 at 12:30 pm

I am a runner and there is no doubt that drivers turning right are the biggest danger, more than redlight runners or people speeding. Coming to a full stop is only PART of the law. That stop also needs to be behind the line, not in the crosswalk. The problem is that people stop IN the crosswalk. Instead they need to stop BEHIND the line, make sure its clear from pedestrians, then pull foward to look for cars.

Posted by Leigh, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2008 at 3:31 pm

So tragic... Unfornuately some drivers have no concept of stop and look both ways, nor come to complete stop while observing the intersection for pedestrians. Shame on the driver!

Posted by Jon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2008 at 4:42 pm

This is really awful. Drivers need to more careful in pedestrian-heavy downtown Pleasanton. It sounds like the driver was legally at fault here, but a pedestrian should always make eye contact and establish that it is safe for them to cross (being safe is better than being right).

I'm constantly shocked by what drivers and pedestrians will do in the Pleasanton area, especially in parking lots. I find it incredibly common here if I'm backing out of a parking space for a pedestrian to stroll along behind me or for another car to zip along behind me. How dumb to put yourself behind a moving vehicle that is actively backing up.

Posted by Rao, a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Aug 5, 2008 at 4:54 pm

I knew her science three years.She is very nice but i missed her now.

Posted by Dan, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 5, 2008 at 5:06 pm

It's a dangerous intersection!

I have been at Old Santa Rita and Rosewood before and there are several factors involved. People speed on Rosewood and you MUST keep your eyes left to avoid being hit, also visibility is impaired by all the cars parked on both side of the street by Avis, so you are forced pull into the crosswalk to see the cars coming from the left.

Clearly both the driver and the pedestrian share responsibility for this tragedy but is seems the driver always receives the blame, but blaming won't prevent accidents'like this!


Make EYE CONACT with the driver before proceeding across a street, or simply wait a few seconds until the car is gone.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Dublin
on Aug 5, 2008 at 7:13 pm

I agree whole heartedly with Dan the previous post. That is a VERY difficult intersection. Please let's not all jump on the band wagon to automatically blame the driver. It could have been any one of us!
This is a true tragedy and both families are suffering.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 5, 2008 at 8:02 pm

So Leigh I guess you didn't read the article. It stated that a witness saw the driver come to a complete stop! Shame on you!!

Posted by A, a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2008 at 11:47 pm

Hello. Know the victim and her family, they lived in my neighborhood for a long time. I went to high school with her son. They are wonderful people. It is hard to believe, and so sad.

Those who saw her recently said she was looking good, trim and fitter than ever. That may explain the incorrect estimate of her age by police.

We should all try to be A LOT more careful, behind the wheel and as pedestrians. Not everything is in our control, but being more aware and alert can't hurt us.

Posted by Mark, a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2008 at 8:21 am

I was driving on Rosewood Drive just after the accident occurred, but at least 3 minutes before I could hear sirens (I work in the office buildings nearby and could finally hear sirens responding as I was walking into the building). While I only saw the scene for a brief moment, I fail to understand the dynamics of where the victim was coming from in relation to the vehicle. If you had asked me, it looked like the vehicle was travelling eastbound on Rosewood Drive. The description just doesn't make sense.

At any rate, what I saw shocked and saddened me because I could tell that a life had just passed (or was very close to it). I said a quick prayer for the victim and send my condolensces out to her family.

Posted by A Friend, a resident of Hacienda Gardens
on Aug 6, 2008 at 1:27 pm

I have known Veena since 3 yrs. I work with her at Kaiser, Pleasanton. She was a very kind hearted lady with lot of excitement and joy for life. Everyone here at work are shocked and still could not believe it. She left for a walk and did not is the worst thing that could ever happen. Moments like these remind us, how precious life is and how lucky we are to have our loved ones. Lets pray for her and her family.

Posted by Co-worker, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2008 at 3:08 pm

My deepest sympathy to Veena's family for this sudden and very sad loss. We will be missing Veena very much, she was a wonderful and very kind woman, cannot believe she has gone.

Posted by Teri Butts, a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2008 at 5:23 am

Ran, I'm so sorry of your lost. Veena was a lovely lady. May God bless you and your family. Regards Teri Butts. x-nortel.

Posted by Apu, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Aug 7, 2008 at 7:44 am

Clearly the pedestrian is fully at fault. Be careful people cars rule the road, get back on the sidewalk where you belong.

Posted by Victim's Friend, a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2008 at 11:08 am

Our prayers go out to victim's family; it indeed is very tragic.

It's not time to find fault on how this happened but to know that it can happen to anybody. It could be any of us on either side of such accidents. This is a reminder to all of us to slow down, have greater respect for other's life and drive/walk carefully.

May god rest her soul in peace!

Posted by Leigh, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Just because you come to a complete stop does not make a right. Obviously the driver didn't look both ways, nor observe the intersection for pedestrians.

The SUV is a weapon in this case, the pedestrian wouldn't had a chance of survival when the vehicle is accelerating.

Posted by a local resident of pleasanton., a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2008 at 4:39 pm

When I took my licence drivers test 8 yrs ago, my test instructor reduced 5 marks from 100. When I asked him why, he told me in one of the intersections, I moved my vehicle when I thought the pedestrian had crossed 2/3rd of the intersection. He told me, the reason was as a driver, I should expect the pedestrian to change his/her mind and come backwards. Pedestrians always have the right of way and drivers should be careful and wait for them to cross completely no matter what.

Posted by Eli, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 7, 2008 at 9:14 pm

I heard the same from driving instructor awhile back.

Did the driver got charged anything? Reckless driving or vehicular manslaughter?

Posted by Resident, a resident of Dublin
on Aug 7, 2008 at 11:26 pm

How do we know what truly happened just from this one article?? This reporter changed or rather "updated" the original report several times. None of us were there including the reporter! I thought we lived in a country where someone is innocent until proven guilty. I would bet this driver is very upset! I know I would be! It could have happened to any of us! As for SUV's being a weapon....any car can be a weapon.

Posted by security, a resident of Hacienda Gardens
on Aug 7, 2008 at 11:32 pm

i use to see this women every day at work,very nice person and charming all i can say i dont beliave this has happen its so hard to beliave ,i play for veena ,may god rest her sour amen

Posted by Sam, a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Aug 8, 2008 at 3:11 am

A tragic accident, why must people judge and try to find blame?

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2008 at 10:29 am

"Simple but tragic"....
A pedestrian died walking halfway on the crosswalk. Driver fail to see pedestrian and pulled vehicle forward into pedestrian. There is critical error made, life lost.

Posted by Solonica Pancholy, a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2008 at 10:58 am

Dear Nishay,

I'm so saddened to learn of your mother's passing. I'm an old friend of yours from Mission High. I pray that you and your family have the courage to stand strong during this especially heart wrenching test and trial. May your mother's soul rest and rejoice in freedom from this life. Also I pray that you are reminded of her continued presence in your life for as long as you are on this journey...

With great sympathy and empathy,

Solonica Pancholy (formerly Gupta)
Milpitas, CA

Posted by Coworker of victim's sister, a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's family. I work with the victim's sister back on the East coast.

Posted by Ravindranath, a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2008 at 1:28 pm


Extremely saddened by this news. I remember meeting Veena several times when we worked together. God has taken her back into His hands. May God give her peace and give you and your family strength to recover from the loss.


Posted by P, a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2008 at 2:25 pm

For those of you that are commenting that it is the pedestrians fault, what is wrong with you?! All of you must have completely lost your mind!! I have seen some of you comment that the pedestrian "should go back on the sidewalk where they belong." You must be really ignorant to make a comment like that....please explain to me how you are supposed to cross the street, while staying on the sidewalk? All the victim was doing was trying to cross the street!!!

I pray for the victim and her family. May God give them the strength to deal with this tragedy....

Posted by T, a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2008 at 9:00 am

I agree with you P! I have gone for walks with the victim in the past and she does follow the rules for a pedestrian when she is walking. She stays within the sidewalks and crosses only when she is supposed to on green lights. Infact, the location where this occurred is her everyday routine and familiar walking route. In addition, pedestrian crossing is marked with two lines for pedestrians to stay within where this incident occurred. Judging from our past walks, she always stays within those pedestrian crossing lines that are marked. This is trully just an unfortunate event and my heart goes out to her family. I will miss her...

Posted by R, a resident of another community
on Aug 10, 2008 at 7:03 am

This is such a tragic accident. A life is lost untimely leaving the family completely shattered. I went to the site and was shocked to see how could a vehicle hit someone so criticaly that she died. There is a stop sign at the intersection and the speed cannot be more than 5-10 mph if the vehicle had come to a complete stop at the stop sign. I strongly feel there is a need for a traffic light at this intersection to avoid such tragic accidents in future.

I have known Veena for a long time and she was the sweetest person who always wished well for everyone. I will miss her dearly. May GOD give her peace.

Posted by sandhya, a resident of another community
on Aug 10, 2008 at 10:08 am

I am a sister of Veena. Veena was a kind, gentle, beautiful woman (inside and outside). She brightened the world when she entered a place. She cared. She understood. She loved. We have much emptiness to deal with. We also have a rich legacy to carry on. We went to the site. We will never understand why it did happen. We made a memorial at the site. If you would like to, please visit it and add your sentiments. Please heighten the awareness.

In Veena's memory:

Jyot se Jyot jagate chalo,
Prem ki Ganga behate chalo

(Lighten the world, one at a time. Spread the love, one at a time

One of Veena's sisters from the East coast

Posted by B, a resident of another community
on Aug 10, 2008 at 12:57 pm

This is a very tragic accident. Within minutes, a life was lost leaving the family behind to deal with such a cruel tragedy. I will miss her very much and will never know why her?

Veena was a very sweet, gentle, humble, loving and caring person. She was always there for everyone with a beautiful smile.

We visited the site and strongly feel that there is a need for traffic light at the intersection.

May God give her peace.

Posted by 7points, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 10, 2008 at 7:13 pm

What a terrible tragedy. This accident will profoundly affect everyone involve, forever. Let's remember that from the facts that we have heard, this was an accident. We are all human. We as individuals have to be aware of our surroundings and take charge of our own personal safety. All too often I see pedestrians walking into the roadway playing chicken with vehicles. Now I'm not saying that I believe this to be the case in this situation, but this accident could have been avoided if either of the two parties had been paying attention to the other. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.

Posted by Marcia, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 13, 2008 at 7:55 pm

People say 'make eye contact' with the driver. However, when drivers are on the phone, their eyes are looking at you, but they're not seeing you.

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Stoneridge
on Aug 15, 2008 at 5:17 pm

I highly doubt that the driver was fully stopped at the stop sign (as the article states). If indeed she was, then how could she have sped up SO fast as to kill this victim? It just doesn't make any sense at all. The police should investigate this a whole lot more. Sounds like the driver blatantly blew the stop sign.

My hearts and prayers go out to the victim's family.

Posted by Alex, a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2008 at 12:43 am

I agree with some of the other posts up above! How on Earth could this be the pedestrians fault?! I hope this driver is AT LEAST charged with vehicular manslaughter! We have law enforcement for a reason, right?!?!

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2008 at 1:15 am

Pedestrians always have the right of way. That's the law. If someone was taking a driving test and there was a pedestrian in the crosswalk while the driver drives through- one would have an immediate failure. That fact is black and white: it is not the fault of the pedestrian. In addition, the story does not add up that the driver was at a complete stop, otherwise the pedestrian would have been seen by the driver and this whole accident could have been avoided.

May God bless this family and give them strength. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2008 at 1:23 am

"Simple but tragic" ?!? How can he say that so easily!?!

I am praying for the family.

Posted by 7points, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 16, 2008 at 11:53 am

Speed is not the only factor affecting lethality.

Be careful using the word "always." There are usually exceptions to any rule and the vehicle code is notorious for them.

"This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk." 21950(b) cvc

Posted by Jason, a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2008 at 12:26 am

7points - A pedestrian was not only hit by a car...but also KILLED. All the "due care" in the world wouldn't have helped. Its pretty clear that the driver is at grave fault. I agree with Alex above, I hope the police doesn't let this one slide.

Posted by Concerned, a resident of another community
on Aug 18, 2008 at 1:12 pm

The Victim was within her rights. There is no law that allows a motorist to runover a pedestrian. If the driver was stopped, the victim would have only been injured. She was killed. She was runover and by the way the Police has not charged her with anything yet. The following statement says a lot about police's attitude towards the victim:

"Lt. Tom Fenner said the case was one of the more "simple but tragic" incidents of this nature he has seen in years.

Killing a pedestrian is not a simple tragedy. It is only vehicular manslaughter.

Posted by Friend, a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2008 at 8:29 am

I am a friend of Veena's and am shocked at the news. I am even more shocked at some of the comments supporting the driver. Some folks have correctly surmised…..the driver stopped at the intersection YET killed the pedestrian…she was not just HIT, she was killed…….I agree the driver did not do this intentionally, but she was either negligent, did not look to the right as some of the reports say…AND must have really hit the pedal so as to have killed Guys…she RAN over the victim….AND all the police say is she is very very sorry!!!!!! AND to those that support the driver… do you expect someone to cross the road….!!!!!!

Posted by Jennifer, a resident of Livermore
on Sep 9, 2008 at 11:27 am

I don't really understand how this is not an open and shut case of vehicular manslaughter. I think the evidence speaks for itself - how fast can someone possibly speed up from a supposedly complete stop AND run over someone with BOTH WHEELS from the DRIVER'S SIDE without being negligent? Obviously something is not right about the driver's defense. This article says it all: Web Link

Posted by Reader, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 18, 2008 at 6:42 pm

Since there hasn't been any follow-up by the Pleasanton Weekly about this incident which took place in Pleasanton, here is an article I came across:
Web Link

Posted by glydaytot, a resident of Ridgeview Commons
on Sep 22, 2009 at 2:02 am


it's pride and glory to develop first webpage using own hands :)
What do you think?

Web Link


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