Pedestrian killed on P.G.'s Pine Avenue
Published: December 21, 2012
A 70-YEAR-OLD Seaside resident
died after a driver ran into her as she crossed Pine Avenue
mid-block Tuesday around 6 p.m., and police are not identifying
the driver, a 55-year-old woman from Pacific Grove, citing the
pending investigation. Kathy Dearing, whose name was released by
Pacific Grove P.D. Thursday, was struck while walking across the
four-lane road between 18th and 19th streets.
Don Murphy said the tragic crash happened in front of his home.
He didn’t hear the collision but said he saw the aftermath when
he opened his door to determine why emergency lights were
“The victim, a woman, was lying motionless, face down, in the
street,” he recounted. “The driver of the car — an SUV? — that
hit her was quite upset while being interviewed by police.”
Murphy said he watched firefighters tend to the injured woman,
whom he did not see move or respond, and after about 10 or 15
minutes, they placed her on a gurney and loaded her into the
“After several minutes, the ambulance left with flashing lights
but did not use a siren,” he said, adding that because he
stepped back into his home several times during the ordeal, he
did “not know if police administered a sobriety test on the
Police, Monterey Fire Department and AMR ambulance responded to
the scene, and paramedics took Dearing to Community Hospital of
the Monterey Peninsula, but she was later transported to the
trauma center at San Jose Regional Medical Center, where she
died the following day, according to PGPD Cmdr. John Miller.
Considering the woman had been conscious, and even talking,
after the collision, Miller said, police and emergency
responders were surprised to learn she had died. And because the
accident scene was not considered that of a fatality when police
initially responded, they are having to backtrack to conduct a
more extensive investigation. Miller said the California Highway
Patrol is assisting in the effort.
He would not name the driver, however, saying making her name public could have an undue detrimental effect on the investigation. He would not discuss any of the details of the collision, either, but said the driver is cooperating with authorities and is not in custody.