Alcohol and speed appear to have played roles in a car crash that left two people dead off of U.S. 101 in Menlo Park early Saturday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash was reported at 1:42 a.m. on southbound U.S. 101 near the Willow Road off-ramp, the CHP said.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the car, a Toyota sedan, was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate the off-ramp's right turn, Officer Art Montiel said.
The car struck a tree, which launched it into the air and into another tree, the CHP said.
The Willow Road off-ramp was closed until about 3:30 a.m. while the CHP investigated the crash.
The preliminary investigation indicates that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, according to the CHP.
Investigators continue to probe the circumstances surrounding the crash. Witnesses are asked to call Officer Vincent Pompliano at 650-369-6261.
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