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Driver killed in East Palo Alto collision identified

Major collision shuts down University Avenue on Friday afternoon

The driver of a Ford Mustang killed in a three-car collision that closed a major thoroughfare in East Palo Alto on Friday afternoon has been identified.

Palo Alto resident Jose Diaz-Galaviz, 49, died at the scene, the San Mateo County Coroner's Office confirmed on Sunday.

The collision involving a Ford Mustang, Lexus and white utility van occurred in the area of University Avenue and Kavanaugh Drive around 2:50 p.m., police Cmdr. Jeff Liu said.

Police said Diaz-Galaviz was turning right from Kavanaugh Drive heading toward Palo Alto when the car collided with a Lexus that ran a red light while heading down University Avenue, toward U.S. Highway 101.

A white utility van heading down University Avenue and about to turn left on Kavanaugh was nicked, but the driver was fine and didn't need hospital treatment, according to Liu. The airbags were deployed from both vehicles and broken glass was seen on the street.

A passenger in the Mustang and two people in the Lexus were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Liu.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash and potential traffic violations. Liu said that officers plan to conduct an interview on Monday, after which time they expect to submit the case to the District Attorney for a decision on filing charges.

The Mustang sustained significant damage, with the driver was pinned to the front seat by the car door that ended up on the passenger's side, Menlo Park Fire Protection District Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said in a statement.

"The driver was in full cardiac arrest (non-breathing and pulseless)," according to Schapelhouman.

The Mustang's passenger had moderate injuries in addition to neck and back pain. Emergency responders were able to remove her from the vehicle and placed her on a backboard with full spinal care, the fire chief said.

The other two survivors had multiple abrasions, cuts and neck and back pain, Schapelhouman said.

"We've noticed an increase in the number of serious accidents District wide," Schapelhouman said.

"I'm not exactly sure what's going on but the congestion, speed, distractions and multi-modal opportunities aren't always as smart or as safe as we would like. Our condolences and sympathies go out to this mans (sic) family," he said.

John Thompson, who lives just a block away on Emmett Way, heard the collision and arrived to the scene within a minute. He saw a civilian assisting the Mustang passenger who was trapped by her seatbelt and assisted out of the vehicle.

Thompson, who has lived in the neighborhood for almost four years, said it was not uncommon to see an accident at the intersection, especially before a stoplight was installed.

Josue Corado, who lives on Kavanaugh Drive, and his mother were out on University Avenue out of their own volition redirecting traffic to Willow Road.

"No one else was doing it," he said, then shrugged. "So I decided to step in."

University Avenue was closed in both directions at the intersection through the evening commute and reopened at about 8 p.m.

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12 people like this
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 17, 2017 at 1:48 pm

From the news updates, it sounds like the victim in the Mustang was hit by a speeding red light runner, not that the Mustang hit the Lexus. A local man is now dead, his wife injured and loved ones devastated.


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Posted by Speculation
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

That sounds like pure speculation given there are no facts in this story to support your conclusion. For all we know the Mustang driver may have pulled out in front of the Lexus who had a green light. Let's wait and let the investigators decide what happened


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 18, 2017 at 5:01 am

Speculation, how can it be "pure speculation" when those facts were cited in news reports? [Portion removed.]


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Posted by Speculation
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 18, 2017 at 8:58 am

Please tell me where it mentions red lights, speeding or anything about the cause of the accident. based on the paragraph below can think of several situation, not related to running a red light, that could have resulted in this accident. [Portion removed.] I'll wait until the professionals make a conclusion based on facts and not speculation.

"Police said the driver of the Mustang was turning right from Kavanaugh Drive heading toward Palo Alto when the car collided with a Lexus that was heading down University Avenue, toward U.S. Highway 101."


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 18, 2017 at 3:57 pm

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Posted by Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 19, 2017 at 11:14 am

This is the article talkimg about runni g a red light
Web Link


6 people like this
Posted by Lola
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 19, 2017 at 12:17 pm

Here in East Palo Alto some people love to use Mustang brand to race around against each other, a couple months ago there was a big accident on Bayshore and Addison. EPA needs more surveillance on weekend days and holidays because it is when they use to do that. Those men who race his cars don't care about the people around, it is stupid!
City of EPA needs to fix the roads and add more bumps.
Why EPA is building a lot but doing nothing for fix roads and sidewalks?


2 people like this
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 19, 2017 at 1:54 pm

@Resident of EPA, that link is a closed Facebook group that I won't be signing up for. Coverage by the Bay Area News Group also says a red light was run.


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Posted by not empty
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Here's a mercury news article about the incident: Web Link


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 20, 2017 at 12:55 am

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 20, 2017 at 3:19 pm

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Posted by @Speculation
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 21, 2017 at 11:36 am

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Posted by Member
a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm

My mothers cousin is the mustang passenger in the story and her husband and her were on their way to buy food for their sons graduation party, they were turning right on their green light just as the Lexus who was going about 70-80 mph crossed the intersection on red, seems like he was trying to beat a yellow just before it turned red so he decided to speed up which lead to the deadly crash.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 22, 2017 at 12:01 pm

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