The collision took place amid stormy conditions around 7:10 p.m. Jan. 16, according to Livermore police Lt. John Hurd. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with police.
The circumstances of what caused the crash, including whether Hinojoza was in the crosswalk, remain unclear at this point. Detectives were at the scene continuing the investigation the next afternoon, Hurd said. There were no updates on the investigation as of press deadline Wednesday afternoon.
Hinojoza was a member of Livermore's homeless community, one who'd interacted with Tri-Valley Haven staff around town but never followed through on offers for services, according to Ann King, executive director of the nonprofit.
"It is heartbreaking that we lose another person who is homeless simply because we don't have enough resources readily available," King told the Weekly. "There are so many good folks who want to impact change for people who are homeless but we just aren't there yet. Still working at it."
Police closed lanes at First and Portola, a major intersection between downtown and the freeway, for around three hours in the aftermath of the fatal crash.
Detectives are seeking witnesses to the collision. Anyone with information can contact Livermore police at 371-4900.
In other news
* The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office has identified a man who died in a collision in unincorporated Sonoma County last week as Malachi Hussain, 25, of Livermore.
Hussain was driving a 2014 Nissan at an unsafe speed during heavy rain around 2:50 p.m. Jan. 16 south on Highway 121 north of Napa Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Hussain lost control of the Nissan and crossed solid double-yellow lines directly into the path of a northbound 1996 Dodge truck driven by a Fairfield man, CHP officials said.
Hussain was pronounced dead at the scene and the Dodge driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center. Two passengers in the truck were not injured, according to the CHP.
The occupants of both vehicles were wearing seat belts and the CHP is investigating whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision.
* The undocumented Mexican citizen who was convicted of possessing the gun that killed Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier in 2015 has appealed his conviction, claiming that the trial judge failed to give a key jury instruction.
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was convicted in San Francisco Superior Court in 2017 of being an ex-felon in possession of a gun. The jury acquitted him of the murder of Steinle, who was killed on July 1, 2015, by a ricocheting bullet from a gun held by Zarate.
Zarate was sentenced in January 2018 to three years in prison.
In an appeal filed last week with the state Court of Appeal in San Francisco, Zarate argues that his rights were violated when trial Judge Samuel Feng failed to give the jury an instruction on the theory of momentary possession.
That instruction advises jurors that gun possession is not illegal if the possession was for only "a momentary or transitory period" and for the purpose of disposing of the firearm.
Zarate contends that he picked up a package wrapped in rags under a swivel chair he was sitting on at the pier, did not know he had a gun until it fired accidentally, and then immediately threw the gun into the bay to stop it from firing. The gun held by Zarate had been stolen from the car of a U.S. Bureau of Land Management law enforcement officer.
Zarate's appeal attorney, Cliff Gardner, wrote that because that claim "was the central theory of defense, the trial court was required to instruct on the defense of transitory possession."
The appeal asks for reversal of his conviction and a new trial. A hearing on the appeal has not yet been set. The next step in the case will be the filing of a prosecution response.
Separately, Zarate faces two federal charges of being an ex-felon and an undocumented person in possession of a gun.
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