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CHP investigating fatal crash near Page Mill Road

Man killed on Interstate 280 Friday night

A 58-year-old man was killed when his Toyota collided with a guardrail near Palo Alto Friday night (Aug. 26), according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Renzo Paul Rossi of Canoga Park was driving southbound on Interstate 280 at about 10:12 p.m. when his vehicle veered to the right and off of the west edge of the freeway north of Page Mill Road in unincorporated Santa Clara County. The front of the Toyota collided with the metal guardrail, CHP Officer Art Monteil said. The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office released the driver's identity Tuesday morning (Aug. 30).

The Palo Alto Fire Department responded to the scene and pronounced Rossi, the only occupant, dead at the scene at 10:22 p.m. The collision is currently under investigation. It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash, according Monteil.

Any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Officer Hermansen at 650-369-6261, ext. 317.

Sue Dremann

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 30, 2011 at 9:51 am

"...his Toyota collided with a guardrail near Palo Alto..."
You mean he HIT it? I find it hard to believe these two things collided with each other.


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Posted by To-Collide-Or-Not-To-Collide
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:13 am

col·lide   [kuh-lahyd] S-lid·ed, -lid·ing.
verb (used without object)
1. to strike one another or one against the other with a forceful impact; come into violent contact; crash: The two cars collided with an ear-splitting crash.
2. to clash; conflict: Their views on the matter collided.
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Maybe this objection to the often poorly written Weekly articles is a little over the edge. Let's cut them a little slack on this one, OK?


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Posted by Captain Quirk
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:20 am

Saying that the vehicle "collided" with the guardrail does not imply that the guardrail was moving.


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Posted by me
a resident of Meadow Park
on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:37 am

So a man dies and all people can talk about is whether the word "collide" is correct. What happened to CARING about others? I apologize to his family for the stupidity of the above.


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Posted by To-Collide-Or-Not-To-Collide
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:52 am

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Posted by how
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm

How does "colliding with a guard rail" (whether or not both were moving) kill you? I suspect the fellow had a heart attack and that killed him, while coincidentally causing his car to hit the guard rail. RIP.


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Posted by Tired of Palo Alto Negatude
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm

see, this is what I am referring to...people in this highly intellectual town so soo often MISS THE POINT....a man died, the CHP is doing an investigation and needs help. By the way, grammar, proper English language usage and other minutae, are NOT relevant. What IS called for? A moment of solemnity, empathy, sorrow, condolences and, certainly, perspective.... Gosh, folks, really. !


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Posted by wow
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I 2nd "me"'s comments. It's so unfortunate that it only takes one or two uncaring posters commenting on a tragedy like this to make you question the people in your community. We are so sorry about the death of this person.


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Posted by VerySad
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I also support "me, and "wow". The first thing is to be sorry someone was KILLED!
And please DO drive safely!!, for pedestrians, runners, kids that don't know better, and loose pets.
We really just need to slow down a bit, and keep our minds on the road while driving!
So Sad.


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Posted by Iana
a resident of Los Altos
on Aug 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm

An accident with a Toyota ? could the car have accelerated ? Just think


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Posted by Saddened
a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm

If you have any information please contact the police. The Rossi family is shocked and saddened by this terrible accident. Our thoughts are with you Renzo.


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Posted by Johnny
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Is this guardrail near the Day Worker Center?


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Posted by What kind of community is this
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I agree with the posts that question the relevance and sense of word choice quibbles in a story about a tragic accident. Even if one wonders whether the absolutely correct word was used, why would one be so flip as to post about it here?

Really makes me wonder sometimes if folks in this godforsaken town have their heads screwed on straight and their hearts in the right place (assuming they still have hearts).

And now, expect the posts on whether Palo Alto should be referred to as a "town"...

Condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Rossi.


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Posted by John Steiner
a resident of another community
on Sep 1, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I'm sorry we missed our coffee this week Renzo. You will be missed. May you rest well.


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