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Former Palo Alto school employee killed in Mountain View collision

Sarah Renazco was one of two drivers who died Friday on Highway 85

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office has identified two people who died in a fiery head-on collision in Mountain View on Friday, Sept. 13. One of the deceased worked at Escondido Elementary last school year.

They were identified as 27-year-old Sarah Renazco of Mountain View and 35-year-old Safa Ngo of American Canyon, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office said on Sunday. Renazco was a staff member at Escondido Elementary School in Palo Alto during the 2018-19 school year.

CHP officials said Renazco was driving south in the northbound lanes of Highway 85 near Evelyn Avenue in a 2018 Ford vehicle shortly before 12:55 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.

The early investigation found that she struck Ngo, who was heading northbound in a head-on collision, flipping the Ford on its side. Initial reports said the vehicle was smoking, and when CHP officers arrived, it was fully engulfed in flames.

Renazco did not appear to be wearing a seatbelt and was trapped inside the Ford after the collision. Ngo was wearing a seatbelt but still suffered fatal injuries.

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Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene, CHP officials said. Neither vehicle had passengers.

All lanes of Highway 85 were closed during the investigation and clean-up, with traffic being diverted to Evelyn Avenue.

Renazco's Facebook page indicates she most recently worked for the Army's 7th Psychological Operations Group based at Moffett Field and was a staff member at Escondido Elementary in Palo Alto during the 2018-19 school year. Her family created a GoFundMe donation page Sunday to support Renazco's wife and two children. The page had received $24,635 in donations as of Tuesday afternoon.

CHP officials say it's unclear whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Officer Ricky Patlan Jr. at 650-369-6261.

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Former Palo Alto school employee killed in Mountain View collision

Sarah Renazco was one of two drivers who died Friday on Highway 85

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Tue, Sep 17, 2019, 9:48 am

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office has identified two people who died in a fiery head-on collision in Mountain View on Friday, Sept. 13. One of the deceased worked at Escondido Elementary last school year.

They were identified as 27-year-old Sarah Renazco of Mountain View and 35-year-old Safa Ngo of American Canyon, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office said on Sunday. Renazco was a staff member at Escondido Elementary School in Palo Alto during the 2018-19 school year.

CHP officials said Renazco was driving south in the northbound lanes of Highway 85 near Evelyn Avenue in a 2018 Ford vehicle shortly before 12:55 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.

The early investigation found that she struck Ngo, who was heading northbound in a head-on collision, flipping the Ford on its side. Initial reports said the vehicle was smoking, and when CHP officers arrived, it was fully engulfed in flames.

Renazco did not appear to be wearing a seatbelt and was trapped inside the Ford after the collision. Ngo was wearing a seatbelt but still suffered fatal injuries.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene, CHP officials said. Neither vehicle had passengers.

All lanes of Highway 85 were closed during the investigation and clean-up, with traffic being diverted to Evelyn Avenue.

Renazco's Facebook page indicates she most recently worked for the Army's 7th Psychological Operations Group based at Moffett Field and was a staff member at Escondido Elementary in Palo Alto during the 2018-19 school year. Her family created a GoFundMe donation page Sunday to support Renazco's wife and two children. The page had received $24,635 in donations as of Tuesday afternoon.

CHP officials say it's unclear whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Officer Ricky Patlan Jr. at 650-369-6261.

Comments

Reader
Mountain View
on Sep 17, 2019 at 12:18 pm
Reader, Mountain View
on Sep 17, 2019 at 12:18 pm
43 people like this

"Sarah Renazco was one of two drivers who died"

Um, Sarah Renazco was the wrong-way driver who undeniably CAUSED both deaths -- not just one of two fatalities.

The article text makes that clear, but the summary line at top blurs it.


Missed alreqdy
Mayfield
on Sep 17, 2019 at 1:35 pm
Missed alreqdy, Mayfield
on Sep 17, 2019 at 1:35 pm
12 people like this

Sarah was an aid in my kid's classroom. She was beyond wonderful with the kids. The school has good aids but Sarah stood out. She was not your image of a soldier but she was a soldier. She had that strength and confidence. I am so sorry to see Sarah go this way. Whatever the outcome of the investigation, this was a horrible accident.

Just feelings of grief.


Gunn High School Student
Gunn High School
on Sep 17, 2019 at 5:41 pm
Gunn High School Student, Gunn High School
on Sep 17, 2019 at 5:41 pm
12 people like this

I had Ms. Renazco (Daisy Renazco) as a teacher last year. She is one of the best and most caring teachers I have every known. It seems like her wife was just the same. Ms. Renazco deserves nothing less than our fullest support and love during this difficult time.


cafehunk
Mountain View
on Sep 17, 2019 at 8:23 pm
cafehunk, Mountain View
on Sep 17, 2019 at 8:23 pm
2 people like this

In order to end up southbound on Northbound 85, the only way I can imagine this is to make the turn from Shoreline (right turn going north, or left turn going south) onto the combined 85/101 Exit. The fact that this intersection isn't a conventional cloverleaf could be a cause of confusion.


Hmm...
Midtown
on Sep 18, 2019 at 11:22 am
Hmm..., Midtown
on Sep 18, 2019 at 11:22 am
39 people like this

Why is there a link to a gofundme page for the family of the person causing the crash and absolutely no mention of the Vietnamese young woman who she killed? I'm sorry, but this article seems biased and is upsetting to me. The innocent victim and her deserves more than a passing mention. Sarah may have been a great person, but she devastated two families the day she decided to drive on the wrong side of the freeway.


Kc
Palo Verde
on Sep 18, 2019 at 3:15 pm
Kc, Palo Verde
on Sep 18, 2019 at 3:15 pm
6 people like this

I think Sarah, who I knew, would feel the same way about the non-mention of the victim. But if you search for info on the victim, it’s not possible to find anything. Perhaps that’s why the reporter didn’t discuss Safa. Sarah was a very special person and I am heartbroken over what happened. It’s impossible to know what led to her driving that way on the freeway, at least for now and to all of us. Many prayers go out from my heart to Sarah’s family and Safa’s family too.


Educator
another community
on Sep 18, 2019 at 9:48 pm
Educator, another community
on Sep 18, 2019 at 9:48 pm
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resident
Midtown
on Sep 19, 2019 at 7:04 am
resident, Midtown
on Sep 19, 2019 at 7:04 am
37 people like this

There is an obituary of Safa Ngo here: Web Link

"Safa I Ngo, age 35, of American Canyon passed away on September 13, 2019. Safa was born in Vietnam on August 30, 1984.

Safa I. Ngo graduated from the University of California Davis. Safa had a career with the US Customs and Border Protection Agency as an Agricultural Specialist.

He had a passion for traveling, music, working out, hiking, nature, trying new things, hanging out with family and friends, investing and helping others.

Safa is survived by his mother, two sisters, three brothers, one brother-in-law, two sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews."

Rest in peace.


Ridiculous
Midtown
on Sep 19, 2019 at 10:20 am
Ridiculous, Midtown
on Sep 19, 2019 at 10:20 am
25 people like this

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Friend
Woodside
on Oct 3, 2019 at 4:36 pm
Friend, Woodside
on Oct 3, 2019 at 4:36 pm
14 people like this

[Portion removed.] Safa (male) was an innocent victim and will always be remembered as a smiling, easy-going, loving son, brother, uncle, friend, and co-worker. He had his whole life ahead of him and did not deserve to go out like this. RIP Safa Ngo


Jennifer Member
Charleston Meadows
on Dec 3, 2019 at 6:36 pm
Jennifer Member, Charleston Meadows
on Dec 3, 2019 at 6:36 pm
5 people like this

I strongly request there be a retraction or edit. Why did the editor allow this story to run as is. Victim given passing mention. Please do your due diligence. You have a lot more power than you think.


member 1
Charleston Gardens
on Dec 9, 2019 at 9:52 am
member 1, Charleston Gardens
on Dec 9, 2019 at 9:52 am
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Please have more respect for all the deceased Palo alto online and do not allow postings that can hurt surviving family members. Please do not allow postings in death announcements. It is very disrespectful to all parties to have people blogging.


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