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.


Police Blotter


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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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.


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.


State suspends outdoor burning

Saema Adeeb/Special to the Town Crier
To prevent brush fires such as this grass fire along Interstate 280 in Los Altos in June, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has suspended outdoor residential burning.

In response to dire drought conditions, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection June 29 suspended outdoor residential burning in Santa Clara County until further notice.

Campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property otherwise permitted are allowed as long as the flames don’t present a fire hazard.


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Residential burglaries

June 23, 11:25 a.m., 100 block of Garland Way: An unknown suspect broke through a roll-up garage door and stole two high-end bicycles.

June 26, 10:21 p.m., 1 block of Middlebury Lane: An unknown suspect crawled through a large dog door and stole an undisclosed amount of jewelry.


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June 11, 12:08 a.m., 400 block of Casita Way: Someone anonymously called the police department to report that his friends were smoking marijuana and were about to drive. The subjects left prior to officers’ arrival, and the call was transferred to the Mountain View Police Department based on their reported direction of travel.

“Driving while high is a crime – it’s a DUI – and a lot of people don’t realize that,” Los Altos Police Agent Katie Krauss said. “Calling was a good thing. If you’re going to call because someone is about to drive intoxicated, get a vehicle description, license plate number and direction of travel or destination.”


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