Christmas Eve memorial service for jogger fatally struck by car in Menlo Park

Amit Goutam Bagchi, 41, died after being hit by SUV in Menlo Park

A memorial service is set for Thursday, Dec. 24, for a Palo Alto man who was struck and killed by an SUV on Saturday, Dec. 19, in Menlo Park, according to his family.

Amit Goutam Bagchi, 41, was jogging at the intersection of Sand Hill Road and Santa Cruz Avenue when he was hit by a Chevy Tahoe, according to police. Emergency responders and police were called at about 6:45 a.m. Bagchi was pronounced dead at the scene.

The memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. at Spangler Mortuary, 174 North Sunnyvale Ave., Sunnyvale, his sister said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Cpl. Nicholas Douglas at 650-330-6300 or the Menlo Park Police Department's anonymous tip line at 650-330-6395.

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Posted by Question
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Dec 23, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Has there been any mention of what the jogger was wearing, and whether he was wearing earbuds? Since this occurred before sunrise, I've got to think that the driver of the SUV simply didn't see the jogger, and the jogger didn't see/hear the car.

Even when you are on the lookout for pedestrians, it can be incredibly difficult to avoid them. Often, joggers are wearing earbuds and/or wearing mostly black, so they are all but invisible when it's twilight or dark, even when you are driving super carefully. As well, and we all do it, when you're exercising you're often in your own little world. In fact, I watched a jogger look right at me today, and continue jogging from the sidewalk into and across the street in spite of my oncoming (green light) truck. I'd hesitate to condemn the driver before finding out all of the circumstances.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 23, 2015 at 9:16 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

When a tragedy like this occurs there are two very different and equally appropriate responses. The first is to lament the loss of a life and to provide condolences to the family. The second is to learn from the tragedy so that we can try to prevent it from happening again. Mixing the two types of responses creates unnecessary pain and confusion.

There is now another topic for those who wish to comment on the facts of this case or the lessons learned/to be learned from this tragedy:

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Posted by MP resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Dec 26, 2015 at 10:11 am

Having been hit here in MP while in a crosswalk and having heard similar comments as made by 'other' I feel compelled to state the following:

Yes, some pedestrians or runners think they have the right of way at any time and/or can beat the car (even if the rules dictate otherwise).
Yes, some drivers think they own the road in their behemoth of a vehicle and everybody has to yield to them (even if the rules dictate otherwise).

The rules of our society (written and unwritten), asks for every human to treat each other with respect and courtesy when out there on the roads (walking, running or driving).

If not, tragedy can and will occur. And playing the blame game is despicable if someone clearly violates these rules of co-existence.

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