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Memorials for Elena Castaneda, Killed on San Pablo in West Oakland 8/9/07
by dave id
Friday Aug 10th, 2007 12:51 AM
Memorials were set up for cyclist Elena Castaneda, who was run over by a dump truck at the intersection of West, Isabella, and San Pablo on the morning of August 9th, 2007.
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After speaking with several people present who actually witnessed the accident, it became apparent that the intersection has long been a problem and many predicted it was only a matter of time before someone was killed there. Elena Castaneda was recognized by locals and known to pass up and down San Pablo every day on her bike.
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§Candles, Flowers, and a Balloon
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§the danger zone
by dave id Friday Aug 10th, 2007 12:51 AM
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According to police reports, the truck was traveling with the blue arrow and Elena the green. This contradicts eyewitness reports of Elena Castaneda heading southbound in the crosswalk and the fact that normally she would have been heading southbound from her home in Berkeley to her job in Oakland. Regardless, cars wrecklessly zip around the blind corner from San Pablo southbound to West Street all day every day. West Street is taken as a shortcut to avoid the stoplight at San Pablo and West Grand and to avoid the speedbumps on Isabella. Locals reported that they have complained to neighborhood groups and police for years about the dangers of this intersection and the likelihood that someone would get seriously hurt some day. After years of car accidents at this complicated 6-way intersection, today Elena Castaneda was struck by a truck and killed.

R.I.P.
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Fly like the almighty Hawk and walk like the PantherKentara Thursday Aug 16th, 2007 12:27 PM
Jack/friendJackWednesday Aug 15th, 2007 8:01 PM
Dear ElenaTara Hekmati MillerWednesday Aug 15th, 2007 7:40 AM
vaya en paz, hermana.....marcosTuesday Aug 14th, 2007 3:58 PM
Elena, you will be remembered as our ACT-OCT CoordinatorNilda de LeonTuesday Aug 14th, 2007 7:17 AM
FriendMariellaMonday Aug 13th, 2007 6:37 PM
instructorsusan parishMonday Aug 13th, 2007 1:32 PM
more memorialsebeFriday Aug 10th, 2007 3:13 PM
Arcadian Health Plan & Management Services is deeply saddened by the loss of Elena.AlanFriday Aug 10th, 2007 1:37 PM
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