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Palo Alto cyclist dies following MV collision with car


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A bicyclist died after sustaining injuries from a collision with a car at the intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real.

A bicyclist struck by a car near the intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real has died, Mountain View Police reported Thursday.

Palo Alto resident Eric Palmquist, 63, collided with a Honda Civic July 10 and succumbed to his injuries July 15, according to police and the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.

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Police Blotter

Police make arrest in LA burglary

July 13, 3:44 p.m., 1400 block of Richardson Avenue: Residents reported that they left their home for two hours and returned to find it ransacked. Burglars stole jewelry and firearms. During a canvas for witnesses, Los Altos police obtained video surveillance footage showing a suspect exiting a vehicle and approaching the victims’ residence. The video enabled police to identify three suspects, all from San Francisco – Delancey Huff, 35; Robert Mandigo, 19; and Khalida Peterson, 20.

Officers sent an alert to surrounding law enforcement agencies, and San Francisco Police located and detained the three suspects, who were in possession of the stolen items. Los Altos detectives recovered additional stolen property at a San Francisco pawnshop.

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Police: Beware of water-service scammers stealing from Los Altos residents

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Courtesy of Los Altos Police Department
Police obtained images of two burglary suspects from home surveillance videos.

Two burglary suspects impersonated water-service workers to gain entry to multiple Los Altos homes this week, according to a release from the Los Altos Police Department.

At 1 p.m. July 20 at the 700 block of Jordan Avenue, the suspects knocked on a resident’s front door and told him the water supply to his home had possibly been contaminated by construction in the neighborhood.

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Palo Alto cyclist dies following MV collision with car

A bicyclist struck by a car near the intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real has died, Mountain View Police reported Thursday (July 16).

Palo Alto resident Eric Palmquist, 63, collided with a Honda Civic July 10 and succumbed to his injuries July 15, according to police and the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office.

The driver of the car was not injured in the accident and has not been charged, police said.

The accident happened at approximately 7:30 p.m. Based on police investigations, it appears the Honda was traveling north on San Antonio Road and approaching the West El Camino Real intersection. Palmquist rode his bike west across San Antonio in front of the car and was struck and projected forward onto the pavement. The driver of the car remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

Palmquist was not wearing a helmet and it appears he suffered a head injury, according to police. He was unconscious but breathing after the accident and EMTs transported him to a local hospital where his condition remained critical.

Witnesses reported seeing several motorists attending to the victim until law enforcement officials and medical personnel arrived. One witness responded to a Mountain View Police Department Facebook query for information by describing the accident as "horrific." He said the Civic's windshield and roof were caved in, and the vehicle appeared totaled.

Police officers are investigating the accident and encourage witnesses to call Officer Dan Garcia at 903-6344 and reference case number 15-3916.

Communal enforcement: Residents help keep crime rates low

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills are among the safest cities in California, according to the most current FBI Crime Report.

ValuePenguin – a consumer-data research firm – analyzed the data and in June released a report ranking Los Altos as the seventh-safest midsize city (20,000-50,000 residents) and Los Altos Hills as the sixth-safest small city (5,000-20,000) in the state. The report reviewed 417 cities in the state, based on 2013 FBI data. Data for 2014 has yet to be released. For ValuePenguin’s report, violent crime was weighted at 90 percent, while property crime was weighted at 10 percent.

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Police Blotter

Theft

July 6, 9:36 a.m., 300 block of First Street: An unknown suspect stole a laptop, school supplies and a debit card from an unlocked vehicle.

July 8, 8:57 a.m., 1100 block of Russell Avenue: An unknown suspect stole change and cash from the glove compartment of an unlocked vehicle.

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Trespass

June 30, 2 p.m., Raymundo and Mountain View avenues: A resident reported three to five adult males skateboarding in the creek – posted as the private property of the Santa Clara County Water District. Officers admonished the men and released them at the scene.

Theft

July 4, 10:25 a.m., 1600 block of Ben Roe Drive: A resident noticed mail stuffed into a shrub and contacted the police. Officers collected the documents and located the victims of the mail theft.

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