Update: CHP Continues Search For Driver Involved in Fatal Crash

A 29-year-old man was killed early Sunday morning in a five-vehicle collision on Hwy. 101 in San Mateo; the driver of the vehicle thought to be responsible for the collision fled the scene.


The California Highway Patrol is continuing to search for the driver of a white pickup truck that caused a in San Mateo this morning, killing one.

The crash was first reported at about 12:50 a.m., when the pickup
truck -- possibly broken down -- was stopped in the left lane on southbound
Highway 101 near Poplar Avenue, CHP Officer Art Montiel said.

As many as four vehicles collided behind the pickup truck, Montiel

A 29-year-old passenger in the back seat of a 2010 Mazda suffered
major head trauma and was declared dead at the scene.          

The driver of the Mazda, a 30-year-old man from Palo Alto, was
taken to Stanford University Hospital with major head injuries. The occupants of three other vehicles involved in the crash were
not injured.

The driver of the pickup truck fled the scene.

It had not been determined if drugs or alcohol were factors in the

Anyone who might have witnessed the crash is urged to contact CHP
Officer Graham at (650) 36-6261 ext. 308.

--Bay City News contributed to this story


8:09 a.m.

One person is dead and one is in serious condition following a in San Mateo early Sunday morning.

According to Officer Art Montiel of the California Highway Patrol, the driver of a white pick-up truck believed to be involved in the crash is unaccounted for.

CHP responded to a call at approximately 1:00 a.m. Sunday involving approximately five vehicles in the southbound lanes of Hwy. 101.

According to CHP, it appears that a white pick up truck was blocking the number one lane of Hwy. 101 southbound, causing multiple vehicles to collide with each other.  One of those vehicles was a 2010 Mazda 3 with three three passengers.

The driver of the Mazda sustained major head injuries and was transported to Stanford Medical Center where he remains in serious condition. 

The right rear passenger suffered major injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in the front seat of the Mazda was ambulatory when officers arrived, but was transported to Stanford Medical Center as a precaution due to the severity of the collision, CHP said.

The driver of the white pick-up is unaccounted for at this time, according to CHP. The other three vehicles involved were a white Ford van, a black Honda Civic and a gold Honda Accord. None of the passengers of these vehicles were injured or transported to hospitals.

The collision is still under investigation and it is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision.

Witnesses are asked to contact CHP Officer Graham at (650)-369-6261 Ext. 308.

Rob Chapman July 08, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Even if the pick-up was blocking one lane, if people would SLOW DOWN & pay attention, we wouldn't have multiple vehicle crashes like this.
Gina Emery July 08, 2012 at 06:19 PM
No kidding. I am tired of roads, traffic, etc., being blamed for accidents. It ultimately rests on the shoulders of drivers (unless it is a mechanical breakdown that causes the accident), but more than often it is errant drivers that cause accidents.
Jay Bud July 10, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I passed by in the Northbound direction just a few minutes before this happened...don't remember seeing any broken down truck


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