One of two men who were crossing El Camino Real in an easterly direction at about 6:15 a.m. this morning (Friday, Oct. 15) was struck and killed by a car in the middle southbound lane near the intersection with Watkins Avenue in Atherton, police said.
The victim, a 65-year-old homeless man, was pronounced dead by medics almost immediately upon their arrival on the scene, Lt. Joe Wade told The Almanac. The man was a familiar presence in Atherton and known to the police, Lr. Wade said.
The other man was not injured, Lt. Wade said.
The driver of the car, a Toyota Camry, had been traveling alone and volunteered to be tested for substance abuse, Lt. Wade said.
Police closed traffic in both directions of El Camino to all but local traffic while investigating and recording evidence at the scene.
This is the second fatality on El Camino Real in Atherton in the past three weeks. On Sept. 30, Christopher Chandler was killed while riding a bicycle across El Camino Real at Isabella Avenue.