Pedestrian killed at SJ City College construction site

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A pedestrian was killed when a front loader backed up onto a walkway at a construction site on the San Jose City College campus Tuesday morning, school officials said.

San Jose fire crews responded to a report at 11:15 a.m. that a vehicle had struck a pedestrian at the college, located at 2100 Moorpark Ave., a fire dispatcher said.

San Jose-Evergreen Community College District Chancellor Rita Cepeda said the pedestrian was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center after being hit, and has died.

“This was a tragic accident,” Cepeda said.

School officials are not releasing the victim’s identity and would not say whether the person was a student at the school.

San Jose City College President Byron Breland said classes were not in session Tuesday, but that there were still visitors on campus. He said summer session had just ended, and the fall semester begins on Aug. 28.

Breland said the accident occurred while crews were digging to gain access to an underground water valve as part of one of various construction projects on campus.

The pedestrian was struck between the fine arts building and the vocational training center, he said.

Cepeda said construction was halted after the death.

“We want to express our sincere condolences” to the family, she said.

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