HAYWARD -- A man died and a woman suffered major injuries Friday morning after being hit by an Alameda County Sheriff's Office patrol car in the Cherryland neighborhood of unincorporated Alameda County, a California Highway Patrol officer said.
The deputy's car hit the two pedestrians, described only as a man and a woman in their 30s, about 4:30 a.m. while driving about 35 mph northbound on Mission Boulevard, near Cherry Street, officials said. The deputy then swerved and crashed into a parked car, according to CHP Lt. Christopher Sherry.
The man died at the scene, and the woman was taken to the hospital with major injuries, including head trauma, Sherry said. Once the woman's injuries were stabilized, deputies arrested her and took her to Santa Rita Jail to be booked. Sherry said he did know if the woman would need or receive medical treatment at the jail.
The woman was expected to be booked on possession of narcotics. Police said she had "a large amount" of unnamed drugs with her after the crash, and investigators believe she was under the influence of alcohol, as well.
Investigators did not immediately know if the pair were in a designated crosswalk when they were hit, and Sherry said Friday that it may take some time to determine whether they were crossing legally.
"We are going to look at some diagrams, vehicle dynamics, speed," Sherry said. "We are also looking into the possibility of some videos from businesses around there."
Sherry said various witnesses claimed to have seen the man and woman in the area before the crash, but it wasn't known if anyone actually saw the crash occur. CHP investigators were reaching out to potential witnesses Friday.
The deputy was not injured, and he is being interviewed by investigators, Sherry said. It wasn't known why he was driving on Mission, and he wasn't involved in any ongoing calls to the area, Sherry said.
The collision forced the closure of Mission from Blossom Way to Medford Avenue, and the road was closed to traffic until noon for the investigation, officials said.