One person dead after suspected freeway race


A 24-year-old San Jose man died Sunday (Feb. 27) morning and another was seriously injured when their car overturned on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in East Palo Alto, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

According to witnesses, the driver might have been racing in a silver Chevy Malibu against a black vehicle when he lost control of his car as he passed under the University Avenue overpass, hit the sound wall, and crashed on the University Avenue onramp at around 2:14 a.m., CHP Officer Art Montiel said. The vehicle might have been traveling at a speed in excess of 100 mph, according to reports, Montiel said.

The driver died at the scene and the passenger, a 27-year-old man also from San Jose, was transported to Stanford hospital suffering from serious injuries, including possible head trauma, Montiel said. The victims were described as Hispanic. Both were wearing seat belts, Montiel said.

The University Avenue onramp was closed to traffic for 2.5 hours. Anyone with information regarding the other vehicle involved is

urged to call 888-TELL-CHP.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm

At least no "innocents" were killed or injured. Truly awful & tragic.

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Posted by John
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm

After reading all those letters about shutting down the airport I think we should shut down Bayshore Freeway--at least during non-commute hours.

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Posted by PA538
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Thank you, John. I had the same reaction - read the comments on the airport and then the car crash. Speaking of doing something for "pleasure!" Good grief. Hmmm seems to be on a crusade with his relentless comments on the airport and general aviation; from his comment on the car crash, he is not able to see the irony of his conflicting opinions.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I knew pro-airport folks would think this sitch was analogous, but it's not. These guys were total morons & the plane's pilot wasn't. Doesn't mean the airport shouldn't be closed. There's no conflict in my opinions - speeding for pleasure & flying for pleasure are both selfish, dangerous acts that waste precious resources & put people at risk. Both are also privileges, not rights, flying being a privileged mostly for the financially privileged, while driving a car used to be that but no longer is. Try to understand that I'm against reckless behavior that endangers others, be it on land, sea or in the sky.

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