MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - A woman was killed after being run over by a Walmart employee in the store parking lot, Mountain View police said.
The fatal collision happened around 6 a.m. Monday at Walmart on Showers Drive.
Officers discovered the woman in her 60s was in the parking lot when the employee was arriving for their shift and drove over her.
According to the police department, there was dense fog in the parking lot at the time. Investigators said the fog may have been a factor.
A 66-year-old woman was struck and killed in the parking lot of this Mountain View Walmart on December 4, 2023, according to police. (KTVU FOX 2)
The woman later died in the hospital. Investigators are working to determine the woman's identity and contact her family.
Officials said drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor and the driver is cooperating with the investigation. They said the woman may have been lying or crouching on the pavement.
Police remained at the scene for several hours to investigate.
"It sounds like a tragic circumstance," said Katie Nelson, a Mountain View Police Department spokesperson. "She appeared low to the ground at the time the collision happened. So it wasn't like she was standing up and walking when the collision happened." She said it was also dark at the time of the collision.
People told KTVU sometimes they see people speeding through the lot and think drivers need to be more careful.
"I’m not too sure of the circumstances, but yeah, just be a little more careful and always look at your surroundings," said David, of Menlo Park.
One shopper, who did not want to be identified or shown on camera, says she’s also concerned about distracted drivers and the growing number of homeless people she sees near Walmart.
"I’ve noticed an increase in homelessness here. It started about 2018. Yes, there was an increase and, of course, it’s due to the economy, right? But it’s pretty bad now," the Mountain View resident said.
Shoppers also say the holiday season usually brings more drivers into shopping centers like this one and that can sometimes create dangerous situations.
"I tend to see a lot of customers or people in the parking lot that have road rage, and they’re very impatient," the shopper said.
"I think a lot of people should be a little more considerate of other people, especially during the holidays. That can kind of be lost in thought," David said.