DANVILLE -- A 53-year-old woman walking on one of Danville's busiest roads was critically injured when she was struck by a car Monday night, and police arrested the vehicle's driver on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The woman, identified as a Danville resident, was seriously injured when she was struck around 8:45 p.m. when a vehicle going east on Camino Tassajara hit her, Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins said. She was taken by ambulance to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek where she remained in critical condition on Tuesday evening, Simpkins said.
Debbie Magliano, who drove by the accident shortly after it occurred, said the woman was lying in the roadway, unmoving. Her arms, Magliano said, were "akimbo."
Cars had stopped on either side of Herrick's vehicle with their flashers on, waiting for police a response.
"I drove a good three or four blocks thinking, 'Where are the police?'" she said. "It took them a while to get there. ... It looked like her limbs were all bending the wrong way."
Police arrested Danville resident Samuel Herrick, 50, on suspicion of driving under the influence causing injury, Simpkins said. He was taken to County Jail in Martinez, where he was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
The wreck shut down the two eastbound lanes of Camino Tassajara until 2 a.m., Simpkins said. Drivers on the road were turned around and had to use Crow Canyon Road to reach their destination, he said.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Danville police at 925-314-3700.