Los Altos man dies after crash off 280

Mats Weltman, 32, succumbs to injuries from Saturday collision

A man died Sunday (March 20) after succumbing to injuries from a solo vehicle collision in unincorporated Santa Clara County on Saturday afternoon (March 19), a Redwood City California Highway Patrol officer said.

Mats J. Weltman, 32, was traveling north on Interstate Highway 280 and took the El Monte Avenue off-ramp when he drove his 1998 Pontiac off the roadway, colliding with a tree on the right shoulder, CHP Officer Art Montiel said.

Weltman, of Los Altos, endured major head trauma and was taken to Stanford Hospital, where he died Sunday at 1:15 a.m., Montiel said. No other cars were involved in the crash.

The El Monte Avenue off-ramp was closed for 30 minutes after the collision was reported at 5:25 p.m. with little impact to the light traffic, Montiel said. Weltman was wearing a seatbelt, and there is no confirmation of whether drugs or alcohol were involved, Montiel said.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Palo Alto Resident
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Rest in peace. There were a lot of accidents like his during in the last week. I saw a car at San Antonio Road, a young woman drove into a tree, the Palo Alto police officer who drove into a pole, and there was another one in Mt. View on the Daily Post, a woman drove into a pole. I think it had to do with the wet roads. Rest in Peace, and God help the family of Mr. Weltman

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Posted by Moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Regarding the last paragraph:

Could you please avoid using the word "impact" in a story like this? It is painful to read.

Thank you.

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