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Local man dies Thanksgiving night at bus shelter

A 62-year-old African-American man, apparently a homeless veteran, died last week sometime during the night or early morning after Thanksgiving. He was sitting in the bus shelter at San Antonio Road, a half block from El Camino Real. Medics attempted to revive him, but he was declared deceased at 8:10 a.m. Friday morning.

Remnants offered a glimpse into his life in Los Altos. A walker remained at the side of the bus station, and big round holes marked the bottom of one sneaker and one heavily worn sock. He was wearing many layers of jackets when he was found, and a plastic cup of coffee, covered with foil to stay warm, sat on the bench next to his belongings. He carried $47, a bundle of notebooks and personal records, including information from a visit to a Veterans Affairs Hospital. As of press deadline, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner hadn't reached the man's next of kin and thus did not release his name or cause of death, although they said his identity had been confirmed. No foul play or drug involvement was evident at the scene. While the medical examiner responded to the scene, residents who knew the man approached Agent Chris Fowlie to ask about his well-being. "He was a regular at that bus stop. I had seen him several times. I never knew what his name was. There were no signs of trauma," Fowlie said. In other police news A black Acura Integra allegedly hit two vehicles in a parking plaza downtown before police stopped the car at Main and First streets, closing the intersection for some time at 1:45 p.m. Nov. 26. The driver, Kris Esslinger, 63, of Los Altos, was transported to El Camino Hospital "due to (a) high level of intoxication," according to Detective John Korges. According to Sgt. Scott McCrossin, who was at the scene, witnesses called in a description of the vehicle and license plate to police as it hit the cars in the parking plaza, and described seeing the driver slumped over the wheel.

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