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San Mateo Woman Killed in Hwy. 101 Crash

Several others were sent to area hospitals as southbound lanes were closed for nearly three hours early Sunday morning.

Written by  L.A. Chung and Rob Klindt

An early morning multiple-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Burlingame killed one driver and sent several people to area hospitals Sunday, the California Highway Patrol said.

According to a report from KTVU a driver is facing drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter charges after his car triggered a chain reaction crash that killed a passenger in his vehicle and injured others, including eight people in a party bus.

CHP officer Art Montel said that a 36-year-old San Mateo woman who was in passenger in the car that triggered the crash was killed.        

All lanes of southbound U.S. Highway 101 were closed for nearly three hours shortly after the 2:04 a.m. crash, Officer Montiel said.             

CHP first received a call about a single vehicle crash on southbound 101, just south of the Broadway exit in Burlingame, but three other vehicles, including a party bus, quickly became involved. 

CHP public information officer Arturo Montiel said it appeared that the driver of a red Honda coupe, traveling southbound, first lost control of his car and may have collided with the center divider.

The vehicle came to rest facing northbound within the No. 1 and No. 2 lanes, Montiel said, where the party bus collided with the Honda's front end, it appears.
It is unclear how the two other vehicles, a silver Honda Civic and a black Lexus were involved at this time.

The driver of the red Honda was transported to Stanford with major injuries and the passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene by on scene emergency personnel. 

Nine passengers from the party bus were also transported, six with moderate and  minor injuries to Stanford Hospital, and three with minor injuries to San Francisco General Hospital. 

Those taken to Stanford Medical Center include: Jeckrie Unabia of Santa Clara, Haydee Martinez of Santa Clara, Julienne Sagun of Mountain View, Joshua Tan of Mountain View, May Ann Granale of San Jose, and Carlos Cambia Jr. of San Jose.

Those taken to San Francisco General include: Tola Magee of San Rafael, Mariel Joy Garnace of San Jose, and Herland Martinez of Santa Clara.

The 67-year-old driver of the party bus sustained moderate injuries as a result of this collision but refused medical attention at the scene and drove to a local hospital. 

The 24-year-old driver of the the black Lexus, a Mountain View man, reported no injuries, as did the 23-year-old Mountain View woman who was driving the Honda Civic.

The collision is under investigation and it appears that both parties in the red Honda had consumed alcohol earlier that evening however, the level of impairment is unknown at this time, Montiel said Sunday morning. 

Traffic was diverted at Broadway to city streets during the on scene investigation with minimal effect on traffic, Montiel said. The No. 1 lane was then opened and remained open until all lanes were opened at 5:10am. 

No arrests have been made at this time. If there are any witnesses to this collision, please contact Officer Galindo at (650) 369-6261.
Bren May 27, 2013 at 02:21 PM
This story is contradicting itself. First it says "According to a report from KTVU a driver has been arrested on drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter charges after his car triggered a chain reaction crash that killed a passenger in his vehicle and injured others, including eight people in a party bus." But then it ends with "No arrests have been made at this time." Several of my friends happen to be friends with the couple who were in the Honda coupe. I am told the driver is currently in an ICU, in a medically induced coma. If that's the case, I very much doubt he's been arrested.
John Smith May 27, 2013 at 06:03 PM
actually, it is quite possible that a person can be "under arrest" and be in ICU.
Bren May 27, 2013 at 06:43 PM
I suppose you're right, John. I doubt they've been able to read him his Miranda rights, though.

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