The City of Watsonville has plans to improve safety and traffic flow at a busy intersection. City staff held a public meeting last night at Starlight Elementary School, where they explained how a roundabout would replace the four-way stop at Clifford Avenue and Pennsylvania Drive. Residents met the plan with unanimous support. The 4-way intersection connects to 2 main arteries of the city, Green Valley Road and Freedom Boulevard, and is located near multiple apartment complexes and schools. Council members will consider the proposal on December 10th. Work would begin next summer.
A woman and a security officer were hit and killed by an alleged drunk driver in Salinas last night. Police say 23-year old Francisco Miranda Jr. allegedly hit and killed the two women at 7:12 p.m. near Natividad Medical Center. The first victim was leaving the hospital, when the second victim followed behind to return a backpack the woman left behind. The first victim fell in the street with the second victim attempting to offer help, when a white ford Taurus driven by Miranda struck both of them. The women were taken to Natividad where they died from their injuries. The man was arrested on 2-counts of murder, 2- counts of felony hit and run, DUI, violation of probation, and driving on a suspended license. Police say Miranda and his car, also smelled of marijuana.
Scotts Valley council members are expected to continue a debate in the next few months over the fate of a historic barn. Last night members unanimously voted to either delay demolition of the Polo Ranch Barn, and instead take the 1-million dollars offered by a developer for city improvements, or consider renovating the dilapidated property. Community members are expected to look at options for the barn, which they say has continued to deteriorate over the past several years to where it’s not safe or financially feasible to restore.
The body of a Cabrillo College student was found over the weekend after he reportedly fell 30-feet down a hill. Police say the body of 19-year old Santa Cruz resident Angel-Jose Santiago Camberos Rosas was found about 2:15 a.m. Saturday morning near Front Street and Pacific Avenue, after he fell over a railing while possibly intoxicated. No foul play is suspected. A funeral is expected to be held next week.
The death of two women is under investigation after they were both hit and killed by a car last night in Salinas. Police say the just after 7 o’clock incident occurred after a woman, who is suspected of trying to Escape from Natividad Hospital, ran and fell into the street when a hospital security guard tried to help the woman out of the street, when both of them were struck by oncoming traffic. The women were sent through the air after a car traveling eastbound on Laurel hit them. The car’s driver was arrested. Laurel Drive was shut down in both directions for several hours.
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