Menlo Park resident Dave Delgado, 62, met his tragic end doing what he loved: riding his bicycle.
Biking south on Purissima Road in Los Altos Hills in the early afternoon Aug. 22, Delgado suffered an accident that left him hospitalized with severe head trauma but few other injuries, according to Maureen Teter, Delgado’s friend.
Hospitalized and on life support for the following few days, Delgado was released to a hospice and died early Aug. 27 with his family surrounding him, Teter said.
Information in the photo caption in last week's Town Crier should have been attributed to Delgado's family and friends, who initially suspected the accident was a hit-and-run. However, according to Capt. Terry Calderone, division commander of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department, the incident has been deemed an accident.
"We have conclusive evidence that the occurrence was an accident," Calderone said.
An eyewitness account has shed more light on the situation.
Los Altos resident Linda Shepherd was driving along Purissima Road in Los Altos Hills Aug. 22 to Fremont Hills Country Club when she witnessed what she thinks could have been Delgado's accident.
"I saw a man on his bike going through the stop sign on Concepcion, flying across the street," Shepherd said. "Five seconds later and he would've hit me."
It was around 2 p.m., Shepherd said, and no one else was at or near the intersection. Upon crossing the intersection, she said she didn't see anything or anyone. A few minutes later, her husband and son couldn't pass through the same intersection because the road was closed and the police and paramedics were already there, she said.
Shepherd said she has recounted her story and explained what happened to the police at the location she witnessed the accident.
According to Teter, a 16-year-old discovered an unconscious Delgado lying near the intersection of Purissima and Concepcion roads and called 911.
Teter said she's known the Delgados for 18 years, ever since the families' children attended kindergarten together. Delgado is survived by his sons, ages 20 and 23.
"Dave rode his bike everywhere," Teter said. "He probably drove his car only a couple of times a year."
Teter said that although she is devastated by her friend's death, she would have felt much worse if it had been a hit-and-run.