Victim identified in fatal collision on Highway 85

Crash on 85 may have been a hit and run, officials say

The woman who died after crashing into a tree on the side of Highway 85 in Mountain View has been identified.

Arlette Alonso, a 25-year-old Mountain View resident, was the woman pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by emergency responders, according to Kris Barbrich, an investigator with the Santa Clara County coroner's office.

The California Highway Patrol is still attempting to determine whether Alonso was the victim of a hit and run.

Shortly before 6:23 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, according to a CHP official, Alonso, who was driving north in the middle lane of Highway 85 near the Evelyn Avenue exit, lost control of her white Audi, swerved across the right hand lane of the freeway and ran into a tree located on an embankment between the road and a nearby off-ramp.

The driver's side door of the Audi hit the tree, according to CHP spokesman Arturo Montiel. A number of witnesses reported the accident, saying that a white Toyota Camry "changed lanes in close proximity" to the victim's car. Following the Camry's lane change, which some witnesses described as "reckless," the Audi went off the road. The woman was pronounced dead on the scene by emergency responders.

"At this point, we're not sure whether the vehicles came into contact," Montiel said. However, a witness to the accident did write down the Camry's license plate number, the CHP tracked down the driver and his car, and investigators are working to determine if the owner of the car -- a San Francisco man in his mid-50s -- should be charged with hit and run.

None of the CHP's witnesses have said that the Camry definitely hit the Audi, Montiel said. Anyone else who witnessed the crash is asked to call CHP

Officer La Pointe at (650) 369-6261, extension 370.

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Posted by Ty
a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 27, 2012 at 2:15 am

She will be missed, my heart goes out to her family.

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Posted by local gurl
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

Lesson in this is don't swerve for anything that isn't bigger than you! Stay in your lane, and if another driver changes lanes into you or cuts you off, you are better off hanging on to the wheel and letting the car's airbags do the work. So sorry for the family's loss. Heartbreaking.

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

Any information as to whether she was wearing her belt or had air bags? I thought properly functioning safety system was supposed to be able to protect people at least enough to survive these kinds of accidents?

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Posted by ChrisC
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

Cell phone/texting shock and overreaction to sudden lane change by another car? I had an accident a year ago where I still wonder about that. I put on signal, changed lanes, but other car was actually speeding up, didn't honk, and took no defensive actions whatsoever. Luckily nobody was injured with the impact, probably because I *did* take defensive action ASAP. I think cell phone use needs to be looked at in any one car accident these days. I think a lot of lane-changes might be considered reckless but might actually be safe if the other drivers are aware of what is happening around them and the person signals the change. Oh, there's another big if .. don't get me started on people not signaling.

Anyway, it's a tragic accident however one looks at it.

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Posted by sad
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:15 am

Such a waste of a life over someone's poor and selfish driving. If he didn't cause this accident, surely he's caused others. People really need to be considerate on the roads in general!

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Posted by Confused
a resident of another community
on Jun 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

While this is tragic, I don't understand how a person could be charged with hit and run, if there was no collision.

Who hasn't made a lane change without a proper signal, or done something in a manner that MAY have caused an accident, if someone was there. The man may not have seen her car, if it were in his blind spot.

The man most likely never knew what happened with her car. He'd be driving onwards, and not looking in her direction. Frankly, I think it's silly to try to place any charges on him, for having caused this accident. We should all learn from it, however, and I, for one, appreciate the tip about never swerving for anyone or anything, slowing down is best.

Many years ago, driving along Hwy 680, a huge pipe came hurling towards my front car window, and there was traffic all around me, moving at a 65MPH (or faster) clip. I could not change lanes, so I just took my foot off the accelerator, and allowed my car to slow ever so slightly, enough to let the long pipe bash out my light on the drivers side, and then, it bounced off the car behind me, to my left. I don't know what happened after that. At even 60MPH, I didn't look back. How can you?

There would be a lot of people around at 6:30PM Saturday night. Other traffic to watch out for.

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Posted by Paula
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm

If you read the accident report you would know the witness said the driver was driving wreck less before the accident. He should be held responsible for taking someone's life and not stopping. He knew what happened. Everyone else witnessed it happen. This is tragic. She was an amazing loving person with so much life to live.Think of the tragic loss this family has to endure and hope it never happens to you. Don't assume if you don't know.

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Posted by Cousin
a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 28, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I will miss you greatly cousin. You will always be in my heart. You were such a beautiful girl inside and out. No one deserves this. Only god knows why ur no longer with us. Your too good to be here. But now ur our gaurdian angel looking after us from up above. Dont worry about ur sister... I will look after her. Rest in peace. We'll see each other on the other side. I love you soo much Arlette. <3

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Posted by Cousin
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I miss you cousin. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you! :( I love so much. It's been 9 months and it feels like it was just yesterday when I saw you talking about getting a promotion with a big smile on your face. I will never ever forget all the good times we had together. I wish rip really meant return if possible...

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