Feb 20, 2016

A 61-year-old San Pablo man was fatally struck by a commercial tow truck Friday night while attempting to cross San Pablo Avenue between Solano and Garvin avenues, police said.

The collision occurred at 6:53 p.m., when Leonard Lua attempted to cross the street outside of the crosswalk and was hit by a tow truck traveling southbound on San Pablo Avenue, Richmond police Lt. Andre Hill said.

Lua was airlifted to John Muir Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at 4 a.m. today after suffering extensive internal injuries, Hill said.

The tow truck driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators. Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the collision, Hill said.


  1. It’s always so sad when something like this happens but how this happened is all too common these days. How many of us see pedestrians crossing against the light? How many do we see crossing wearing dark clothes in poorly lit areas–and wearing a hoody blocking their views from the sides? Or wearing earbuds and engrossed in their smart phone? How many times do we see cyclists riding in the wrong direction, racing against the light through intersections and not wearing reflectors? And, as in this case, jaywalking.

    We never want to see anyone struck, injured or killed. Maybe if they were to follow some of the basic rules and guidelines that have evolved over time, we’d see fewer instances like this. It starts with our young people–we need to teach them while they’re young so it becomes a part of how they do things as they move into adulthood.

    Don Gosney | Feb 20th, 2016
  2. excuse some of my typos. * rather than on a mans death report.

    Lu | Feb 20th, 2016
  3. my comment is awaiting moderation probably due to some of the negative things I said directed towards “don” who posted above me, however I do not believe his comment should have been allowed. He talks about the issues society has , however commits some big issues also within society. Ignorance, very bliss. Clearly he or she has too much time on their hands if they really took time out of their day suggesting what someone could have done better to “avoid death”. The opinions of you “Don” are unecessary and beyond insensitive. what if it was your family member? would you want someone , as yourself to make such an unsusceptable comment? You do not need to disrespect this mans report with your unneeded opinion. This post may sound kind of you would call it that, but my original one had a lot to say about you and your ignorant comment. Respect this man Leonard Reno Lua , who may rest in peace, and his family and friends, and keep your opinions and thoughts to yourself, bevause they change nothing and if you want to be an advocate, do it but not on this mans report page.

    Lu | Feb 20th, 2016

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.