In order to keep our community informed of just some of the many aspects of police work we do on a regular basis, we are bringing to you our quarterly traffic compilations of all traffic collision data that was collected between July and September of this year.
This data is available for you to view at your convenience. To reiterate, the data being released today is collision statistics compiled from July 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018. The data includes where the incident occurred, the primary collision factor (abbreviated PCF, meaning the primary reason for why the collision occurred), and if the collisions involve a bicyclist, a pedestrian, someone driving under the influence, and more.
The statistics for this data can be found here.
We will be sharing these statistics and this message not only here, but on our social media channels as well.
Please note, in order to provide the most complete data possible, we will be sharing statistics with a two-month gap to ensure we have as complete a data set as possible. That, however, does not guarantee that the data sets are 100 percent complete, and as such, we know that we will need to update the information provided here should the need arise. So, for example, our next quarterly report will be released in February to ensure we have compiled as much data as we are able for the months of October, November, and December.
You may notice that we unfortunately had a collision that resulted in a fatality in September. We wanted to update you on that collision, which resulted in the death of an 85-year-old Mountain View resident.
On Sept. 11 around 4:45 p.m., Mountain View officers responded to reports of a solo vehicle collision on the 2200 block of Grant Road. When officers arrived, they found a man inside a Ford SUV that had crashed into a city light pole and then into a tree. The man, at the time of the collision, was coherent and had complaint of pain along with some cuts on his upper body.
The man was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Neither drugs nor alcohol were a factor in the collision. Speed was also not a factor.
Nearly two weeks later, we received a call that the man had passed away from complications resulting from the collision.
No one else was injured in the crash.
Some may ask – why the delay in reporting this collision? In addition to the above information, it can take several weeks to investigate a collision and when situations such as this arise, we must re-interview any witnesses and follow up with the coroner, family members and insurance companies. These investigations are never easy.
We thank you for your patience and understanding on this matter.
If you are curious about how an investigation is conducted, you can view more on that here.
If you have any additional questions, please let us know.
In addition to the above message, we wanted to take a moment to remind folks about staying safe on the roads during the wetter, colder months. Please remember to slow down, turn on your lights and use your wipers. Do not drive through areas with standing water, and always double-check both ways before you turn a corner, cross a street or change lanes. Keep an eye out for bicyclists and pedestrians, and for those of you on two wheels or on your feet, keep your eyes up and your phones down (this goes for drivers too).
Make sure you are paying attention whenever you are out and about. Rain can obscure or hinder your ability to see others, and traffic safety is everyone's responsibility. We thank you in advance for doing all you can to ensure you take care on the road.