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.