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Napa Man Was Driver in Fatal Collision With a Pedestrian in San Rafael

79-year-old Nevada City man on his way to the farmer's market killed in the crash.

By BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

An unidentified 38-year-old Napa man was driving a van that collided with a pedestrian in front of the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, killing the pedestrian, police said.

San Rafael police  identified the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a Dodge van near the Civic Center this morning as 79-year-old Jurgen Traub of Nevada City.
           
Traub was hit by a plumbing company's van at the intersection of Civic Center and Peter Behr drives around 9:40 a.m., police spokeswoman Margo
Rohrbacher said.
          
Traub formerly lived in Greenbrae and was visiting friends in the area, Rohrbacher said.
          
He was crossing the street toward the farmer's market when he was struck by the Dodge van driving south on Civic Center Drive, Rohrbacher said.
          
The 38-year-old van driver from Napa was not identified. He stopped immediately and cooperated with the investigation, Rohrbacher said.
          
A quarter-mile section of Civic Center Drive was closed until 3 p.m. while the Police Department's major accident investigation team investigated the collision, Rohrbacher said.
         
The farmer's market is open on Thursdays and Sunday mornings. It was very busy at the time of the accident, Rohrbacher said.
          
Police would like to speak to any witnesses that have not yet been interviewed about the collision, Rohrbacher said. Anyone with information is asked to call San Rafael police at (415) 485-3000.


Paul Woodward, MD December 14, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Why did the investigation take 5 hours?
Keri Brenner (Editor) December 14, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I imagine they had to interview a lot of witnesses and take a lot of measurements, notes, etc. I will check to see if any updates. Thanks for asking.
Paul Woodward, MD December 14, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Thanks Keri. Paul
A.R. December 15, 2013 at 01:34 AM
If you know anything about police work, you'd know that a normal amount of time. They're investigating. People in this time and place are sue happy! Law enforcement cannot miss a single detail because of that. There's a lot of math involved. It would be compared much to an autopsy maybe. It takes time. Nothing can be missed. Someone died so it's much more important than when there are no injuries.

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