Possible Reckless Driving Suspect Killed in Freeway Collision

September 5, 2018 Updated: September 5, 2018

A woman got out of an ambulance on her way to a psychiatric hospital and was killed when a vehicle hit her in the morning of September 3 in Dublin, Pleasanton police said.

The woman, whose name is not being released yet, was being taken to John George Psychiatric Pavilion in San Leandro after Pleasanton police stopped her for possible reckless driving.

Police said officers had placed her on a psychiatric hold after she made it challenging for officers to get her out of her vehicle.

Police became aware of the woman’s possible reckless driving at about 2 a.m. on September 3 when they received several reports of a driver who struck multiple vehicles and a pedestrian near 5300 Case Ave.

Officers responded and found the vehicle and a woman standing next to it. Police said the woman got back into her vehicle when she saw officers.

So she didn’t do any further property damage or cause any other injuries, officers told her to get out of the vehicle, police said.

The woman refused and physically resisted officers when they tried to take her out of the vehicle.

But with a control hold, the officers were able to remove her.

Police said outside of the vehicle she struggled with officers and several times tried to get an officer’s gun.

Two officers shot her with a stun gun and the officers were able to subdue her. She was taken to ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton for a routine medical clearance and at about 7 a.m. a Norcal Ambulance responded to take her to John George Psychiatric Pavilion.

At about 7:30 a.m. as the ambulance was on the connector ramp from southbound Interstate Highway 680 to westbound Interstate Highway 580 in Dublin, it stopped on the side of the road because of a problem with the woman in the back of the vehicle.

The woman got out and ran into traffic. Police said witnesses told them that the woman tried to run in front of three vehicles. Two avoided hitting her but a third was unable to avoid her.

Police said the woman died where she was struck. The California Highway Patrol, Pleasanton police and the Alameda County coroner’s bureau are investigating the woman’s death.

Anyone who witnessed it or has any information about it is asked to call Lt. Brandon Stocking at (925) 931-5100. Reference to case No. 18-34368.

By Keith Burbank and Janis Mara.