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Tragic hit-and-run collision leads to a pedestrian killed

Feb. 1, 2022

SAN, JOSE CALIF. – On Jan. 28, 2022, a pedestrian named Travis Daniel Repman was killed due to a fatal hit by an unknown driver in San Jose, California. 

It was around 4:40 a.m. on Sunday when police officers started to get reports of an injured pedestrian that was run over by a white transit van. According to San Jose police officers, the van was traveling to Alameda while Repman was walking on Newhall Street. 

According to a statement made by one of the police officers on the team, Sergeant Christan Camarillo stated, “Right now we’re looking for witnesses. We don’t have a lot of information on this hit and run.”

People who live by Alameda and Newhall street have talked and witnessed the dangers of walking on the crosswalk when it is dark. FOX news interviewed an owner of a cafe that was located near the incident. According to him, the crosswalk is very dangerous at night time. During that time, cars are careless when driving towards Alameda and then the highway. Most of the time, drivers are not able to see who or what is on the crosswalk which then causes accidents. FOX news also reported that a witness saw the driver briefly pull over and then leave. 

Repman’s family was devastated after hearing the news. Erin Repman, Repman’s sister, went on Twitter to speak up about the untimely death of her brother. Repman’s sister stated, “he was rushed to the hospital but due to severe head trauma he was put on life support. We were able to be with him in the hospital these last few days but soon we came to understand that our Travis was gone.” 

When Repman passed away, he left behind a 17-year-old daughter, 14-year-old son, three siblings and his parents. 

An anonymous student from Silver Creek High School shared her thoughts about pedestrian safety. She said, “I think that pedestrians should be more careful and drivers should be more careful and watch out for pedestrians at night. Drivers should understand that pedestrians are more in danger when it’s dark.”

Over the course of the years, there has been an influx of pedestrians that have been injured severely due to hit-and-runs and car accidents.

A gofundme was set up by Deborah Windust to pay for funerals and memorials. Her goal is to raise $10,000.

A photo Repman took of himself (Photo by Lara Agpoon).

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