[05-01-2024] Santa Clara County, CA – Driver Killed, Three Child Passengers Injured After Single-Vehicle Speeding Crash in San Jose

Published May 2, 2024

[05-01-2024] Driver Killed, Three Child Passengers Injured After Single-Vehicle Speeding Crash in San JoseThe driver was killed, while three child passengers were injured after a single-vehicle speeding crash in San Jose on Wednesday evening, May 1, 2024.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the fatal incident occurred along Highway 85, south of Cottle Road.

CHP officers said that a 38-year-old man from East Palo Alto was driving a 2002 Toyota Sequoia at over 65 miles per hour along Highway 85 with three children onboard. 

For some reason, the driver veered from the left-hand lane, causing the Toyota to crash into a metal guardrail before ultimately coming to a stop right back on the left-hand lane of the highway.

The 38-year-old man, who was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt when the collision happened, was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers then confirmed that the three child passengers, ages 2, 4, and 8, all suffered minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

It is unclear if the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.

Additional information was not immediately available. CHP is still investigating.

Don’t Know What To Do After An Accident?

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  • Check yourself for any injuries.
  • Stay on the scene, call 9-1-1, and wait for emergency responders.
  • Move your vehicle to the road shoulder if safe; turn on hazard lights.
  • Fully cooperate with law enforcement and stay until cleared to leave.
  • Document the scene and injuries with photos and videos.
  • Seek immediate medical attention.
  • Contact your insurance company and find a personal injury lawyer for legal advice.

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