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News - May 8, 2013

M-A celebrates life of graduate Jose Mayen

A burial service was held held Monday, May 6, in Menlo Park for Jose Felix Mayen, 23, a 2009 graduate of Menlo-Atherton High School who was injured in an automobile accident on the San Mateo bridge on April 24, and died a day later.

The service was held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, at the corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and Avy Avenue in Menlo Park. Immediately following the burial service, there was a celebration of his life at the Performing Arts Center's Cafe at M-A High School, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton, according to Cristina Garelli, who posted information online on behalf of the family.

In 2009, Jose Mayen received a Rotary Club of Menlo Park scholarship to study environmental science at Canada College.

Ms. Garelli said that Mr. Mayen had "propelled himself from humble beginnings to enroll as a student at U.C. Berkeley," and was on his way there when the accident happened on the bridge. He had found he had a flat tire and stopped on the side of the bridge to wait for his father, when a vehicle struck his car.

He leaves behind his parents, two younger siblings, and a long-term girlfriend.

"Jose was a brilliant student and a positive person — an example in our community of someone who applied himself with earnestness and hard work to everything he did," said Ms. Garelli. "His heartbroken family needs help to pay for his memorial and burial. The cost is about $15,000, which is nearly impossible for them to absorb. Any community support would mean so much to them. They deserve to know that their son was valued and that people care. Donations of any size will be so appreciated.

Go to tinyurl.com/Mayen-562 for more information.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision on the bridge was reported around 7:20 a.m. on April 24 on eastbound state Highway 92 just east of the high rise and involved three vehicles. CHP Officer Art Montiel said Mr. Mayen was driving a Toyota Corolla that had stopped in a right lane on the bridge. A BMW station wagon driving behind him rear-ended the Toyota and was then rear-ended itself by a silver sedan, Officer Montiel said.

Mr. Mayen was taken by ambulance to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where he died the next day.

Crippen and Flynn Chapel, 400 Woodside Road in Redwood City, is handling the arrangements.

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