Stanford grad student killed in crash

Publication Date: Friday Jan 22, 1999

POLICE: Stanford grad student killed in crash

Celebrants injured when car went over freeway embankment

A Stanford University mechanical engineering graduate student died early Saturday morning on his way home from celebrating a fellow student's Ph.D. when his car went out of control on the northbound ramp connecting Highways 85 and 101 in Mountain View.

Woong Sun, 26, was killed and his three passengers were injured when Sun's 1997 Acura skidded on the rain-slicked roadway, hitting the right side wall before spinning around and going over the opposite embankment. The car then hit a tree and crashed to the ground.

Sun had gone out for dinner and karaoke at a favorite spot in Sunnyvale to celebrate with fellow Stanford students Sun-Young Kim, 27, Chanwood Park, 25, and Dongyup Han, 26, all from Korea. Kim had just completed his doctorate in chemical engineering.

All four of them drank during the evening, but the California Highway Patrol has not determined if alcohol contributed to the accident.

Kim was taken to Stanford Medical Center, where he was listed in critical but stable condition Wednesday. Park and Han were treated at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and released.

--Karen Willemsen 

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