Manslaughter Arrest in Fatal Main St. Crash

Update: Two pedestrians struck, one fatally, in vehicle-pedestrian accident at North Main and Parkside Saturday; Hossein Tabrizi, 53, of Walnut Creek, arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.

Updated, 10:40 p.m. Saturday, adds police press release with vehicular manslaughter arrest.

Walnut Creek police are investigating a pickup truck-pedestrian accident at 6:15 p.m. Saturday in front of the Marriott hotel on North Main Street in which one pedestrian was killed and a second one received serious injuries.

Arrested Saturday night on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter was Hossein Tabrizi, 53, of Walnut Creek, who was also hospitalized in the crash.

Witnesses said the pickup truck was southbound on North Main Street "before going onto the west sidewalk and striking the two pedestrians," according to a Walnut Creek police news release Saturday night.

Pronounced deceased at the scene was a woman, police said. A second woman was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Tabrizi, the driver of the red pickup truck, was extricated from the truck by EMS personnel and taken to the hospital with unknown injuries, police said.

The victims' identities are being withheld pending family notification, police said.

The red pickup, southbound on North Main Street, came to rest after the accident on the North Main sidewalk at the Parkside intersection, in front of the Marriott. The truck was wedged between a traffic signal pole and a low concrete retaining wall, which borders the Marriott driveway. Because it was tightly wedged, it took tow trucks a couple of hours to remove the truck. Broken glass was strewn on the sidewalk and street.

The pickup truck had its roof cut off, apparently to extricate the driver after the accident.

Because of the accident investigation, police blocked a quarter-mile stretch of North Main, around the intersection of Parkside Drive, for several hours Saturday evening.

A witness told the Contra Costa Times that after the impact of the accident, a pedestrian "flew into the median."
North Main Street between Penniman Way and North California Boulevard was closed.

If you have information about this collision, you are asked to call the Walnut Creek Police Department at (925) 943-5844.

srl99 September 09, 2012 at 03:23 PM
It's a tragedy for all involved. A lot of these arterials are used as racetracks by drivers - the stretch of N Main (southbound) over 680 is probably the worst. What about speed cameras? It's also more than high time to do something about the red light running which seems rampant in WC.
cici September 09, 2012 at 07:50 PM
The deceased's name is Sherry Hicks age 52 from Santa Barbara. Please Pray for the family.
CT- West September 09, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I agree with SRL99, This red light running and speeding is going unnoticed by the WC Police. It is not only North Main. You should see them coming up or down Ygnagio Valley Road near Oak Grove Road. Heading east as they approach Oak Grove , they see the 55 MPH speed limit sign and step on the gas , There will be a terrible accident there in the future. I blame the city, they create these speed track and here we go again, another just like Treat & Oak Grove. The City Traffic Planning Dept and the Cops should get together and talk. Or maybe think about communication and pedestrians for a change.
Bob A September 09, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Sad is only one component of describing such situations. Taliking of "wrong place- wrong time". One minute you're walking down the sidewalk, then the next minute - poof - you're gone. Speeding doesn't explain it completely. Alcohol, drugs, and somtimes other mental traumas cause the devil to take over. Then just a short pressure on the pedal does the rest. About a month ago, a short distance away, the same scenario took the life of a father and his little girl. Two extended families are devastated; one of the victim, the other of perpetrator. Observing he scene impacts all the bystanders. No one can "forget" the carnage. What can you do?
Courler - Link September 11, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I agree with CT-West - I am a driver for a local courier company here in Walnut Creek, and I travel up and down Ygnacio Valley road quite frequently. I don't know 'where the fire is', but some of these people either need to leave earlier for their destinations, or take something for their ADD - It is ridiculous how they travel around here - it is like a speedway, and my thought is that if the city could beef up the the patrols for one month, they could pay all the bills for the city for a year ! - It is definitely very dangerous to be sure, and needs to stop. I just wonder why all these people are in such a hurry that they need to do freeway speeds in town ?


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