By Amy Sylvestri • San Leandro Times
A San Leandro woman was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while crossing Hesperian Boulevard at Thornally Drive last Thursday.
Madeleine Moore, 26, was hit by a pickup truck driven by an unknown suspect at around 9 a.m. on June 18. The driver remains at large, though the truck that was in the crash has been found by police.
Moore was taken to Eden Hospital in Castro Valley where she died from her injuries that afternoon.
Moore was in the crosswalk when the pickup truck hit her and the driver did not stop, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police. On Friday, June 19, police found the truck, a black Toyota T-100, parked on the 28000 block of Thackeray Avenue in Hayward.
McManus said that investigators are “positive” that it is the vehicle that struck Moore.
“The person who was driving knows who they are,” said McManus. “I ask that the driver surrender to police. If anyone has information about the suspect’s identity and whereabouts, I ask that they come forward and assist us in the investigation.”
In a written statement, Moore’s father said that the driver “robbed the world of a truly phenomenal human being.”
Moore’s coworkers at the Oakland immigration law firm where she worked as a paralegal agreed.
“She was an advocate, she spoke Spanish and Portuguese and she used her multilingual skills to help our clients,” said attorney Robert Lewis. “She was very intelligent with a wry sense of humor. She was always generous with her time with clients and with her coworkers. She was a fast learner and always willing to teach others.”
Moore came to immigration law a year ago after a stint in the corporate world. She found the work to be more rewarding, according to attorney Erika Gonclaves
“She was very happy here and she said it was very different from her corporate job, but she had found a good place for herself and felt like she was doing something good every day,” said Gonclaves. “She was very funny and very frank – she said what others were thinking and too afraid to say themselves.”
Moore was from San Diego and a graduate of UC Santa Cruz. She and her longtime boyfriend David Bulnes lived just blocks from where she was stuck and killed. The couple had plans to marry.
“It’s just a terrible loss,” said Gonclaves, who said she considered Moore a friend as well as a coworker. “It’s hard to walk by her office and not see her there. It’s a blow professionally and personally because she was someone who went above and beyond for her clients, she really wanted to know them as people and know their stories.”
Police are asking anyone with information to call 577-2740.
CAPTION: Madeleine Moore was known to her friends for her sense of humor.