Los Altos man dies in crash on Skyline Boulevard

Victim identified as James Henry Power, 25

UPDATE: A 25-year-old man who died when his SUV crashed into a tree on Skyline Boulevard south of Portola Valley in San Mateo County early Thursday morning has been identified as James Henry Power, according to the San Mateo Coroner's Office.

Power was a resident of Los Altos, according to the coroner's office. California Highway Patrol initially identified Power as a Stanford resident.


A 25-year-old man died when his SUV crashed into a tree on Skyline Boulevard south of Portola Valley in San Mateo County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP officers responded at 3:58 a.m. Thursday to a report of a crash on Skyline Boulevard, also known as state Highway 35, south of Page Mill Road near the county border with Santa Clara County, CHP officials said.

Investigators determined a silver 2005 Nissan SUV traveling south went off the roadway and struck a tree. The driver, the lone occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene and his name has not yet been released by the San Mateo County coroner's office.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed it is asked to call Officer J. Wakeman at 650-369-6261.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on May 19, 2016 at 4:18 pm

A teenager was killed in a solo crash on Skyline last week (CHP said excessive speed caused the crash). Last month, a bicyclist was hit by pack of 4 motorcycles (bicyclist suffered serious injuries, motorcyclists fled the scene and have not been found). Drivers may be encouraged to speed on Skyline by the lack of traffic, but there are many curves where you cannot see how sharp the curve is as you approach it and can easily find yourself out-of-control if the curve is sharper than you expected. Don't blame the road, this is a narrow ridge and road builders had limited options for road design. Please slow down if you are using this road. If you want to enjoy the scenery, then park your car at one of the numerous turnouts or trailheads. These fatalities are all preventable if people behave themselves.

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Posted by Broken Hearted in PA
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on May 19, 2016 at 6:40 pm

The young man killed this morning was my 2nd cousin. To say his family is devastated is an understatement.

Let the CHP do its investigation. And please, if you witnessed the accident, please contact the CHP.

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Posted by Phillip Restivo
a resident of Woodside
on Oct 24, 2016 at 8:08 pm

My son died up on skyline hwy 35 on sept 8,2016 as a passenger of a vehicle that was speeding and lost control.
I am reading and seeing there are So many fatalities up on this road as it is in A unincorporated area and the chp nor the sheriffs dept rarely patrol hwy 35 because it changes jurisdictions..
There are so many people dying up there on a annual basis and no one is doing anything...
Please help get something done with me before someone you love that is very young no longer exist because of politics ...

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