viernes, 25 de octubre de 2013

Menlo Park couple killed by alleged drunken driver - San Francisco Chronicle

(10-25) 08:52 PDT MENLO PARK -- A couple walking their dog in Menlo Park were struck and killed Thursday night by a car driven by a suspected drunken driver, police said.

The victims, identified by family members as Menlo Park residents Balbir Singh and his wife, Kamal Kaur, were walking east in the bike lane of Chilco Street near Constitution Avenue just before 7 p.m. when they were struck from behind, police said.

Singh and Kaur died at the scene, and their Chihuahua was injured, police said.

After hitting the pair, the vehicle continued over the center divide, clipped a car traveling in the other direction and came to rest against a tree, police said. The four people in the second car were unharmed.

The car that hit the couple was driven by Redwood City resident Marjorie Reitzell, 54, police said. She was taken to Stanford Medical Center, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said she would be booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence.

State Department of Motor Vehicle records show that Reitzell was convicted of drunken driving in November 2012 in connection with an incident two months before. She was on probation and her driver's license was valid, the DMV said.

Gulzara Singh, a nephew of the couple killed Thursday night, said his aunt and uncle went for nightly walks with their Chihuahua. They were about 10 minutes from their home, where they lived with their three teenage children, when they were struck.

"They would walk this route every single day," Singh said. "Nothing had ever happened before on this road."

Balbir Singh worked at a medical center in Mountain View and Kaur worked at a Walgreens, their nephew said.

The couple's Chihuahua was being cared for by the Peninsula Humane Society. The extent of its injuries was not known.

Kurtis Alexander is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: kalexander@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @kurtisalexander

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