On Saturday, April 27, 2019, at approximately 10:08 PM, a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision with injuries was reported to 9-1-1, having occurred in the 300 block of Butterfield Road near Caletta Avenue, San Anselmo. Reportedly, the victim was walking her pet dogs across the roadway in a marked crosswalk, when she and the animals were struck by a passing vehicle, reportedly operated by a subject, who was allegedly intoxicated and /or under the influence of alcohol and /or drugs. The vehicle operator failed to yield to the victim and her pets and they were struck. Sadly, the victim suffered extensive traumatic injuries as a result of the collision and was discovered by paramedics upon their arrival at the scene, unresponsive and unconscious in the roadway. The victim was provided with emergent resuscitative medical aid and transported to Marin General Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries shortly after arrival in the Emergency Department. Additionally one of the aforementioned pet dogs died at the scene due to injuries it sustained, and the other was transported to the Marin Humane Society for medical care.
The decedent had been positively identified as:
Carolyn Marie ALLEN, A 72-year-old female from San Anselmo, CA.
A forensic post mortem examination and toxicology testing have been scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The cause and manner of death will be pending the conclusion of the investigation being completed by the Central Marin Police Authority, and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office - Coroner Division. No further information will be released by the Coroner Division at this time, as this is an active and ongoing investigation. Any further questions regarding the incident should be directed to the Central Marin Police Authority.
Unfortunately, the victim’s identity was prematurely and irresponsibly made public by individuals not related to the investigation, prior to her identity being scientifically confirmed and the legal next of kin residing out of State, being located, contacted, and notified of her passing. Due to the victim not having any source of identification upon her person at the time of the incident, this delayed the development and confirmation of her identity, and required extensive investigation to be completed prior to release.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office and personnel of the Coroner Division offers our best wishes and condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Allen.
Roger G. Fielding
Chief Deputy Coroner