A beloved Dublin, California community member has passed away after she was struck by a car. 48-year-old Catherine Kuo, who was a Dublin Unified school board trustee, was killed Wednesday in the parking lot at Fallon Middle School, reports CBS San Francisco. She was there volunteering for a food distribution event when the incident occurred.
Police received a 911 call on March 24th around 11:45 am about an accident involving a vehicle and pedestrian at 3601 Kohnen Way. Kuo had been loading items into a parked Tesla when an SUV struck her pinning Kuo between the two cars, reports The San Francisco Chronicle. The SUV was the next in line to receive food.
Paramedics provided emergency care and transported her to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. Unfortunately, she succumbed to her injuries and passed away at the hospital.
According to Pleasanton Weekly, the police have described the incident as a “tragic incident.” Police are investigating the incident but said alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor. The identity of the driver has not been revealed because the identity of the driver in traffic collision investigations in the Tri-Valley stays hidden unless criminal charges are filed.
“We don’t think that was an intentional act by any means,” Capt Nate Schmidt said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The driver is cooperating with authorities. Investigators are currently checking the SUV to see if there was something wrong with it.
Catherine Kuo leaves behind two children, Thomas and Natalie, and a husband. The Korean American mother was a long-time Dublin resident. Kuo was born in Redwood City and got a degree in psychology from UCLA. She was voted into the Dublin Board of Trustees in December of 2019.
“She dedicated so much of her heart, soul, and time to our community. Catherine had a lightness about her, a comforting manner that helped people feel at ease,” the Interim Superintendent Daniel Moirao told the San Francisco Chronicle. “She was friendly, nurturing, kind, and generous. We were lucky to have known her and will miss her more than words can express.”
A Gofundme has been setup to help Kuo’s family pay for funeral expenses.