Man killed in East Palo Alto car crash is identified

Witnesses: SUV was traveling at 70 mph along city street

A man who was killed in a two-vehicle accident on East Bayshore Road in East Palo Alto on June 4 has been identified by the San Mateo County Coroner.

Solomon Redie, 58, of East Palo Alto was fatally injured in the high-speed crash that left two others with minor injuries.

The crash happened in the 900 block of East Bayshore Road at 12:47 p.m. when an allegedly speeding silver SUV heading north on East Bayshore broadsided a grey sedan. The sedan had been heading west on Menalto Avenue and had turned left to head south on East Bayshore, East Palo Alto police Sgt. Nua Lualemaga said. Both cars came to rest pointing north in the oncoming lane.

Redie was driving the sedan. He was thrown into the rear-seat passenger side and died at the scene, police said.

The male driver of the SUV and his passenger, both juveniles, were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, police Sgt. Angel Sanchez said. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

The SUV driver may be unlicensed and could face charges for the crash, according to Sanchez. But Sanchez said on June 10 that no one has been arrested in the case.

Witnesses said the SUV was traveling at least 70 mph.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Lualemaga said investigators were trying to figure out how the vehicles ended up in their positions. The SUV, its front mangled, with both lights and the grille destroyed, ended up in front of the sedan. The front passenger-side tire appeared flattened. The sedan came to rest directly behind the SUV. Its hood was smashed open and the vehicle appeared damaged at the front.

Police set up a command post in the first block of Menalto. They shut down traffic on East Bayshore in both directions from Poplar Avenue to Laurel Avenue and at Menalto Avenue and Holland Street, Lualemaga said, while they canvassed the area for possible witnesses and surveillance footage. Roads were expected to be closed for six to eight hours and motorists were advised to avoid the area, Lualemaga said.

Witnesses to the crash have been asked to contact the East Palo Alto police tip line at 650-409-6792.


22 people like this
Posted by Ali
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 4, 2015 at 4:53 pm

People always speed around this area. It is scary turning on to East Bayshore.... So sad

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Posted by ridley
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 4, 2015 at 5:10 pm

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Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 5, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Gethin is a registered user.

My condolences to all concerned.
I can say from first hand experience that high speeds are common on this stretch of East Bayshore, including on two occasions cars coming towards me in the middle of the road. On West Bashore to combat this there is a digital speed screen that shows how fast you are going. I have no idea how effective these are but I think one also on East Bayshore may be worth considering.

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