Google employee in her 20s fatally struck by company bus on Mountain View campus

- A Google employee was fatally struck by a company bus on Monday at their Mountain View campus, according to officials. 

Mountain View police responded to the collision at the intersection of Charleston Road and Huff Avenue around 6:45 p.m. and found Emily Hung lying in the road. 

"We responded fairly quickly and when we got there a couple of our officers attempted CPR on the woman that was lying in the roadway," said Katie Nelson, a spokesperson with Mountain View police. 

Despite life-saving efforts, Hong, who police say is in her 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. A Google spokesperson released a statement Wednesday that said, in part:

“We are devastated to learn of the tragic passing of a member of our Googler family. Emily worked in the finance organization and was beloved by her colleagues – she brought an incredible spark to Google. She was inquisitive, creative, analytical, positive, generous and kind – our deepest condolences are with her family and friends.” 

Many of those friends visited the intersection Wednesday to pay their respects at a small memorial. They say they're heartbroken and in need of answers.

"At this point, we're very much in the throes of the investigation, trying to figure out what happened, determining fault, any kind of mitigating factors that may have influenced the collision," Nelson said. 

They're looking at whether Hong was in the crosswalk at the time and at the scene's proximity to the Google bus loading zone. Mountain View Police were able to interview the bus driver and passengers on board, but they're hoping more witnesses will come forward.

In the meantime, they hope pedestrians in the area will use extra caution.

"Eyes up, phones down. Be as aware as you can when you're walking around because traffic safety is everyone's responsibility," Nelson said.

Police say this is not the first accident on the campus involving a Google bus. A motorcyclist was struck and killed by one last December. The investigation into this crash could take several weeks.

Investigators are asking any witnesses to contact officer Kevin Solomon at kevin.solomon@mountainview.gov.
 

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