Jacob Villanova Killed In Pedestrian Accident on Castlemont Avenue

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Jacob Villanova Killed In Pedestrian Accident on Castlemont Avenue

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Jacob Villanova Killed In Pedestrian Accident on Castlemont Avenue

On Friday morning, an 8-year-old boy was struck by a car and killed near Castlemont Elementary School in San Jose. Jacob Villanova was walking with his babysitter when they were hit just after 8 a.m. on Castlemont Avenue. Police tweeted that he had died about two hours later at the hospital. The woman was also taken to the hospital with what police said were moderate injuries. She was expected to survive. Police said it appeared they were crossing the street in a marked crosswalk when the driver hit them. The driver stayed at the scene and had been cooperating. The school is part of the Campbell Unified School District, where Supt. Shelly Viramontez called the news “tragic.”  Our school community is heart-broken by this recent development. As a parent and your superintendent, I ask you to please hold the family in your thoughts, as they will need our entire community to support them during this time. It’s difficult to say what could have prevented this tragedy, but we must remember to always be cautious and aware when driving, especially near schools and areas where children are present.

The driver of the car that hit the boy was going too fast for the small street lined with apartment buildings. It’s unclear if there was a crossing guard present, but the police reminded drivers to slow down near schools and that the speed limit is 25 mph when children are present. The boy’s backpack lay on the ground, and the police put up yellow crime scene tape to block off the scene. San Jose has had an epidemic of traffic accidents and deaths in the last several years. Viramontez said that counselors would be available for those who needed it.

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