Berkeley School Board President Struck by Car

Berkeley Unified School Board President Judy Appel and her wife Alison Bernstein were hospitalized over the weekend after being struck by a vehicle in South Berkeley. The two are in critical condition with serious injuries but are “doing well,” a family member said Monday

Appel and Bernstein were walking across Martin Luther King Jr. Way near Stuart Street just after midnight Saturday when they were hit. They were just one block away from home.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation. The driver, an 81-year-old man, has been cooperating with police.

“We are deeply distressed to receive a report that Berkeley School Board President Judy Appel and her wife Alison Bernstein were seriously injured this morning, January 5, shortly after midnight, when they were struck by a vehicle as they were walking in Berkeley,” BUSD Superintendent Donald Evans said in a statement. “We are in the process of obtaining more information about their conditions. We will be offering whatever support and assistance we can to the Appel-Bernstein family and invite the community to join with us in hopes and prayers for their recovery.”

Appel has been on the school board for almost ten years and just began another term last month. Bernstein is an attorney with the state public defender’s office and a former member of the Berkeley Police Review Commission. They have two children.

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