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The president of the Berkeley school board and her wife were hospitalized in critical condition after they were hit by a car while crossing a street early Saturday, officials said.
School Board President Judy Appel and attorney Alison Bernstein were walking across Martin Luther King Jr. Way near Stuart Street in South Berkeley when a man driving north crashed into them, police and school officials said. The collision happened just after midnight Friday.
The driver, 81, remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators, according to Berkeley police Lt. Dave Lindenau.
There is a crosswalk at the intersection but no stop sign or traffic lights, Lindenau said. It wasn’t immediately clear where Appel and Bernstein were when they were struck.
The crash happened a block away from their South Berkeley home, according to Berkeleyside, which first reported the incident.
Superintendent Donald Evans said in a statement that school officials are deeply distressed by the news.
“We will be offering whatever support and assistance we can to the Appel-Bernstein family and invite the community to join with us in hopes and prayers for their recovery,” Evans said.
Appel, a longtime school board member, finished fourth in the June primary for the Assembly District 15 seat. She was a co-founding board member of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and served as executive director of Our Family Coalition, which supports LGBT families.
Bernstein, a lawyer in the state public defender’s office, has been a lecturer at the Berkeley Law School and a member of the Berkeley Police Review Commission.
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