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Woodside: Woman killed in fatal head-on

A woman visiting from India was killed in a head-on crash on Skyline Boulevard near Woodside on Wednesday evening, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The woman, Sarani Banerjee, 49, from Howrah, India, was in the back seat of a Toyota Camry heading northbound just before 7 p.m. on Skyline Boulevard about a half-mile south of Old La Honda Road, CHP Officer Art Montiel said.

Driving the car was her son, Shamik Banerjee, 31, of Mountain View. His father, Kalyan Banerjee, 61, was in the front passenger seat, Mr. Montiel said.

The Camry was negotiating a curve when it was driven off the road onto a dirt and gravel shoulder, Mr. Montiel said.

When the driver returned to the road, he collided head-on with a Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Susan Michele Cozad, 58, from Nice, California, near Clear Lake.

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The Camry flipped and came to rest on its roof.

Ms. Banerjee was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband was transported by helicopter to Stanford Hospital with major injuries.

Her son was also taken to the hospital. He suffered no injuries, Mr. Montiel said.

Ms. Cozad, the Monte Carlo's sole occupant, was not injured in the crash, Mr. Montiel said.

The roadway was closed for about four hours after the fatal crash.

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The cause of the crash is under investigation, according to the CHP.

— Bay City News Service

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Woodside: Woman killed in fatal head-on

Uploaded: Wed, Aug 7, 2013, 8:24 pm
Updated: Thu, Aug 8, 2013, 8:47 pm

A woman visiting from India was killed in a head-on crash on Skyline Boulevard near Woodside on Wednesday evening, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The woman, Sarani Banerjee, 49, from Howrah, India, was in the back seat of a Toyota Camry heading northbound just before 7 p.m. on Skyline Boulevard about a half-mile south of Old La Honda Road, CHP Officer Art Montiel said.

Driving the car was her son, Shamik Banerjee, 31, of Mountain View. His father, Kalyan Banerjee, 61, was in the front passenger seat, Mr. Montiel said.

The Camry was negotiating a curve when it was driven off the road onto a dirt and gravel shoulder, Mr. Montiel said.

When the driver returned to the road, he collided head-on with a Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Susan Michele Cozad, 58, from Nice, California, near Clear Lake.

The Camry flipped and came to rest on its roof.

Ms. Banerjee was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband was transported by helicopter to Stanford Hospital with major injuries.

Her son was also taken to the hospital. He suffered no injuries, Mr. Montiel said.

Ms. Cozad, the Monte Carlo's sole occupant, was not injured in the crash, Mr. Montiel said.

The roadway was closed for about four hours after the fatal crash.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, according to the CHP.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Some details please...
Woodside: other
on Aug 8, 2013 at 9:22 am
Some details please..., Woodside: other
on Aug 8, 2013 at 9:22 am

Please, it would help to understand those of us that care about safety in the area to understand how, why and more precisely where the tragic accident occurred in hopes of trying to add an extra margin of safety ourselves and to be able to lobby for corrective changes as appropriate.


resident
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 8, 2013 at 9:57 am
resident, Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 8, 2013 at 9:57 am

Mercury-News says that car driver on a sight-seeing drive with his parents lost control of his car, crossed the center line, and hit an oncoming car. He was probably not paying enough attention and driving too fast for a winding road.


Mike
Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Aug 9, 2013 at 6:29 am
Mike, Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Aug 9, 2013 at 6:29 am

I was always told the back seat was the safest. I guess, for adults, the front seats, with air bags, are the safest. I wonder what model year the Camry is.


Jow
Menlo Park: other
on Aug 9, 2013 at 7:26 am
Jow, Menlo Park: other
on Aug 9, 2013 at 7:26 am

[Portion removed; don't speculate on details of an accident still under investigation.] Speed limit up there is 50 mph on straight away. Motorcycles often go faster. Slow down, pay attention.


Richard Masoner
another community
on Aug 9, 2013 at 10:14 am
Richard Masoner, another community
on Aug 9, 2013 at 10:14 am

A friend of mine was on Skyline that evening and tells me this Camry passed him at something like 70 MPH shortly before the collision. Not too hard to figure out how he lost control.


Marty
Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
on Aug 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm
Marty, Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
on Aug 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm

@some details please: The best action is for drivers to drive more carefully. In fact, driving defensively is a good idea anywhere, especially on Skyline.

Realistically, we can't prevent humans' fallibility 100% of the time. People need to be more responsible.

My condolences to the family. I hope the father recovers fully. Her son will have to live with what happened, more so if he is responsible.


Susan C
Woodside: other
on Aug 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm
Susan C, Woodside: other
on Aug 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Richard Masoner, could you please contact me [email protected] or have your friend who witnessed the speed or have him contact the CHP at 650-369-6261. NCIC # 9330. This is valuable information for me. BTW, I was injured but not seriously. This has been extremely traumatic for me, both body and mind and any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.


Backoff
another community
on Aug 9, 2013 at 7:01 pm
Backoff, another community
on Aug 9, 2013 at 7:01 pm

There is a lot of pressure to go faster than your comfort zone by local drivers who are familiar with this road and tailgate you through the turns. Not saying this happened in this tragic situation, but this has been my experience the few times I have driven up there to visit someone who lives in Woodside. I would not go there otherwise.


scared
Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 11, 2013 at 10:51 pm
scared, Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 11, 2013 at 10:51 pm

It is crazy enough that the locals drive up there like it is their private road.

But it is even crazier if the valley drivers who only drive 101 or 280 are testing their at best mediocre driving skills up there...be it in a Tesla or a family sedan...

Brainless.




Maggie Anne
another community
on Aug 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm
Maggie Anne, another community
on Aug 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I'm so sorry for all involved. SusanC: best wishes for a quick & thorough recovery. Backoff: I agree completely. I live in the Skyline area & deal with tailgaters. I feel no pressure to speed up and will not; instead I pull over. I also never tailgate slower drivers; doing so is extremely dangerous & there's no excuse for it. It's easy to convey you want a driver to pull over for you without tailgating. Drivers on Skyline of all stripes, include locals as well as many from other places. Again, very sorry for all involved. The man driving the car his mother died in, will suffer for the rest of his life.


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