Los Gatos woman dies after crash on Interstate 280 near Palo Alto


UPDATE: A woman who was killed Monday morning when her car flipped over the center divider of Interstate 280 near Palo Alto was identified Tuesday as 47-year-old Los Gatos resident Gina Whitson, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.


A 47-year-old Los Gatos woman died this morning after her car crashed into a cement wall on northbound Interstate 280 near Palo Alto, overturned and landed on its roof.

Around 9:05 a.m., California Highway Patrol officers responded to a report of an overturned vehicle that crashed into the center divider on northbound I-280 just south of Page Mill Road, according to the CHP.

A black Hyundai Sonata crashed head-on into a cement center divider. The car then overturned and went over the divider, CHP Officer Art Montiel said.

The car landed on its roof in between the highway's northbound and southbound lanes. Grass near the vehicle caught fire but the car did not burn, Montiel said.

Other motorists stopped and were able to pull the woman out of the vehicle, but she was pronounced dead at the scene, Montiel said. Her name has not yet been released.

The vehicle was allegedly speeding before the crash. There were no other passengers inside the car and no other vehicles were involved in the crash, Montiel said.

At 9:46 a.m., CHP officers issued a Sig-Alert for the highway, closing at least two northbound lanes while officers investigated the incident. By 2 p.m., the lanes reopened, CHP officials said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Joe Blow
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 25, 2016 at 5:26 pm

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Posted by GraceBrown
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 25, 2016 at 7:07 pm

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@ Joe Blow

In light of this weekend's tragedy in our town - you know, the one where we lost a young life, this comment is wildly cruel. This callous comment reminds me of Donne's cautionary insight, "do not send to know for whom the bell tolls / It tolls for thee." We are all part of one piece - act like what you say and do matters. Or, if not, don't say anything at all.


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Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 25, 2016 at 7:37 pm

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Posted by Wonderful Woman
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 26, 2016 at 8:48 am

The victim was [portion removed due to deletion of referenced comment] on her way to work. She was a professional and a wonderful person. Words cannot describe the loss her family and community is feeling today.

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Posted by cur mudgeon
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 26, 2016 at 11:50 am

Cannot believe the snarky comments in a case where someone died, and if she was driving in an unsafe manner, she's paid the price. Luckily no one else was killed or injured. I see many driving too fast on 280, 75-80+ where posted limit is 65.

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Posted by LaPria Youngblood
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 27, 2016 at 6:36 am

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a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 28, 2016 at 2:10 am

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My prayers.

Sorry for the loss.


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