A 79-year-old Santa Clara man who was crossing the street with his 2-year-old grandchild in a residential neighborhood near an elementary school died Friday night after being struck by a van, according to police.

The man was crossing Teal Drive, near Laurelwood Elementary School, at about 6:30 p.m. when a Chevrolet van going southbound hit him, according to Santa Clara police. The man was rushed to a hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office has identified the man as Rui Lin.

The 2-year-old suffered "significant, traumatic injuries" but is expected to survive, according to police.

Santa Clara police did not release the name of the driver or 2-year-old, citing an ongoing investigation.

Police say the driver is 45-year-old Santa Clara woman.

Emergency responders who arrived at the scene found Lin and the child on the ground and treated both victims before taking them to a hospital.

Santa Clara police LT. Matt Hogan said investigators are still trying to determine where the pedestrians were in the roadway when they were struck.

There is a crosswalk on Teal near the school and several signs warning drivers to be aware of pedestrians.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has information about this case is encouraged to call investigator Kenia Soto at 408-615-4764.

Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869.



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