[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Thursday, February 04, 2016 at 08:13:37 :

Independent Journal
Tuesday, September 11, 1951
Page 1

Pedestrian Dies When Hit By Car At Alto Junction

A 91-year-old Alto man was killed instantly when he trotted into the side of an auto at about 1 p.m. today just north of Alto intersection on Highway 101.

He was William J. Brooks, a retired police officer from Fort Bragg, who lived with his daughter, Mrs. Mayme Gunnell, Central drive, Alto.

He trotted into the side of a car driven by Mark L. Gerstle III, 2015 Fifth avenue, San Rafael, announcer for an Oakland radio station.

Gerstle told highway patrolmen he was traveling south on the highway at about 50 miles per hour and attempted to swerve when the pedestrian ran into the road.

Gerstle’s automobile came to a halt facing northward in the northbound lane of Highway 101.

Highway patrolman John Curtis said Gerstle was absolutely not to blame for the death.

The death was the fourth of the year at Alto, and the 22nd fatality in Marin county this year. Three pedestrians have died at Alto since last December when hit by automobiles.

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