UPDATE: Man still critical after FedEx driver hit him in Berkeley
Police say the man had just delivered groceries through an app service and was walking near his parked van when a FedEx driver struck him.
A man in his 30s is in critical condition Wednesday after being struck by a delivery truck driver near the UC Berkeley campus.
Police say the man had just delivered groceries through an app service and was walking near his parked van, on the west side of the street, when a FedEx driver struck him just before 3:45 p.m.
He was looking at his phone and walked out into the traffic lane, police said.
The FedEx truck driver was southbound when he hit the man in the street.
The crash took place on Fulton Street south of Bancroft Way near the UC Berkeley campus.
The FedEx driver remained at the scene and police do not suspect drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.
The Berkeley Police Department's Fatal Accident Investigation Team was called in to handle the investigation, police said.
Berkeley police have asked motorists to avoid the southbound lanes of Fulton Street between Durant Avenue and Bancroft Way for the next few hours due to the ongoing investigation.
As of 9:30 p.m., the man who was hit remained in critical condition, police said.
Update, March 16: The Berkeley Police Department provided the following statement about the collision. It appears below in full.
"On March 15th at 3:45 pm, officers responded to a serious collision in the area of Fulton Street and Bancroft Way where a man was struck by a passing vehicle. The collision occurred between Bancroft Way and Durant Avenue. The man (a food service delivery person) was returning to his vehicle (a full size cargo van) that was parked between the #2 lane and the bicycle lane, when the side view mirror of a vehicle (a large package delivery truck) passing in the #2 Southbound lane struck the man.
"The man was seriously injured from the collision and was transported to Highland Hospital. The driver of the large package delivery truck remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. Because of the severity of the collision, the investigation is being handled by the Department’s Fatal Accident Investigation Team."
This story was updated after publication due to the developing nature of events.