An Atherton man in his 60s is in serious but stable condition after his SUV went airborne off of Middlefield Road in Palo Alto shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24, and struck a tree, according to Palo Alto police.
The initial police investigation shows that the car was traveling northbound on Middlefield approaching the intersection at Hamilton Avenue. The SUV appears to have drifted into the southbound lanes and onto the sidewalk, hitting a concrete planter and flying into the air before hitting the tree, police stated in a press release.
No other vehicles were involved, and no other people were injured. The man sustained moderate injuries, and Palo Alto Fire Department paramedics transported him to a local hospital.
The driver may have experienced a medical emergency that led to the accident, police said. Alcohol or drugs did not appear to be a factor.
Officers from the Police Department's Specialized Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) team are investigating the crash. Police are asking any witnesses to the collision to contact the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.