A man killed in a traffic collision on Mowry Avenue in Newark on Friday evening has been identified as a 51-year-old Palo Alto man.
David Norsworthy may have suffered a medical problem prior to the accident, a police spokesman said today. Norsworthy died at Washington Hospital in Fremont from injuries suffered in the 6 p.m. crash.
Newark police Sgt. Manuel DeSerpa said Norsworthy was driving west on Mowry Avenue where it crosses over Interstate Highway 880 when his Ford sedan suddenly veered left across eastbound lanes, went off the roadway and drove down an embankment toward the parking lot of the NewPark Mall.
Before the car reached the parking lot, it smashed into a tree, DeSepra said. No one else was in the car, and no other injuries were reported.
DeSerpa said it is remarkable that Norsworthy's vehicle didn't hit any other cars as it crossed the eastbound lanes, especially since the accident happened during the evening commute.
"It's hard to believe," he said.
The crash remains under investigation, but DeSerpa said there is no indication alcohol was a factor.
In a separate incident, a female SUV driver was killed nearby in a crash on southbound Interstate Highway 880 just south of Stevenson Boulevard on Tuesday morning, CHP Officer Ron Simmons said.
The victim, who was alone in the SUV, was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was not injured in the crash, Simmons said.
The crash, which involved the SUV and a big-rig, was reported at 4:52 a.m.
A Sig-alert was issued at 5:10 a.m. and all southbound lanes were closed. The lanes gradually reopened, and the alert was canceled at 6:47
a.m., according to the CHP.