The driver accused of hitting and killing a 65-year-old Milpitas resident in a traffic collision on Aug. 3 has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, following his arrest on drunken-driving charges.
Milpitas Police Department officials Thursday night announced the arrest of Adam Kimball Close, 23, of Milpitas.
Officers conducted a drunken-driving investigation after the crash and determined the driver had been driving under the influence of alcohol. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.
The fatal accident occurred just before 7 a.m. at the intersection of Jacklin Road and Hamilton Avenue, south of Nob Hill Foods.
The driver of a white Mitsubishi Galant, 65-year-old Milpitas resident Than Thanh Le, was taken to San Jose Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Close, the driver of a tan Volvo sport-utility vehicle remained on scene and did not require medical attention, police said.
The two vehicles slid into the grass of Strickroth Park, carried there by the force of the accident. Skid marks are apparent on eastbound Jacklin Road a few feet from the southeast corner curb at Hamilton. Le's driver side door was completely crushed by the Volvo, and his car hit a tree after the initial impact.
Police have not released results of Close's blood alcohol test or the speed at which he was traveling.
The investigation is on-going, and officers
Anyone with any information regarding the collision is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department at 408-586-2400.