Woman, 78, dies in car crash on Foothill in Palo Alto

Mountain View resident's car runs into tree at intersection of Arastradero Road

A 78-year-old Mountain View woman died Wednesday afternoon after the Toyota Camry she was driving collided with a tree on northbound Foothill Expressway, just south of Arastradero Road in Palo Alto, according to Palo Alto police and fire officials.

The woman's identity has not been released yet by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner.

The cause of the 2:03 p.m. crash is unknown, police Lt. Sandra Brown said.

However, the woman might have suffered a medical problem that led to the accident, according to Battalion Chief Chris Woodard.

"There were no skid marks," he said.

Woodard said the woman was injured in the crash and was pronounced dead within about 10 minutes.

The Palo Alto Police Department's Special Traffic Accident Reconstruction team is investigating the collision.

Anyone with information or any witnesses to the collision are encouraged to contact the Palo Alto Police Department at 650-329-2413.

Sue Dremann

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Posted by Raymond
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 15, 2011 at 10:35 am

It's fortunate that she didn't take anyone else with her; which seems to happen too often.

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Posted by heart attack
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 15, 2011 at 10:38 am

PAFD says the woman died of a heart attack. Unknown if the suffered the heart attack before or after hitting the tree.

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Posted by Interesting
a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2011 at 11:23 am

I didn't know PAFD carried I-stat blood readers, and could correlate what they saw on the monitor with the troponin levels all before she went asystolic. Afterall doing a full 12 lead to check for ST changes on a women involved in a trauma while still being extricated is not an easy task, nor is it one that is very accurate with all the movement. Where is their press release officer? Contrary to popular belief if we were going to make a bet, one of the biggest things with elderly syncopal episodes and crashes, has to do with poly pharmacy and medication issues, not heart attacks, along with a whole slew of other things.

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