Redwood City woman dies after being hit by pickup

REDWOOD CITY — A small pickup truck struck and killed a 74-year-old woman on Woodside Road — the first fatality this year on a road that has been a trouble spot in the past.

Just before 7 p.m. Monday night, Shirley Coffaro, who lives blocks from the accident scene, was crossing Woodside Road after going to Rite Aid at Woodside Plaza when she was hit by a small pickup truck traveling southbound. She was not crossing at a crosswalk, according to police.

Coffaro was transported to Stanford Hospital, where she died six hours later, according to the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office.

Redwood City Police Sgt. Neil Uyeda said it was the first fatal crash on Woodside Road this year, a road that has “probably had more (pedestrian-involved accidents) than any other street in Redwood City,” he added.

Drugs or alcohol were not believed to have contributed to the accident, Uyeda said, noting that the only adverse traffic condition was that it was dark outside.

Coffaro had nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren daughter, according to Lisa, the second of her four children, who called her mother “energetic.”

“The foremost thing in her life was family,” said Lydia Atkins, who befriended Coffaro 45 years ago. Coffaro, who went to Mission High School and James Lick Middle School in San Francisco, enjoyed the theatre and especially enjoyed taking her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to shows.

She was also a woman who loved her three dogs,” Atkins said.

Lisa Coffaro said that her mother didn’t always wait for the crossing light, being a person on the go.

“She did that all the time. We asked her not to,” Lisa said.

Shirley Coffaro volunteered at St. Pius Catholic Church with the religious education program for five years and was working with first-graders this year, said Sister Mary Keefe, “Wherever there was a need, Shirley was always willing to step in,” Keefe said.

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