Woodside man killed in hit-and-run crash is identified

Driver of pickup truck is arrested at hospital

The coroner's office has identified a Woodside man who was killed March 27 in a head-on, hit-and run crash west of La Honda on Sunday evening.

Francois Jouaux, 46, of Woodside was killed when a white Honda he was driving collided with a Ford F-250 pickup truck on state Highway 84 at about 7 p.m. Sunday (March 27). The truck was headed west and crossed a double yellow line for reasons unknown before colliding with the eastbound Honda, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The truck overturned and the driver got out and ran into the woods, CHP officers said they were told by witnesses to the accident.

The pickup truck driver, identified as Tom Doane, 46, of El Granada, was arrested at about 3:20 p.m. Monday at Kaiser Permanente hospital in Redwood City, where he was being treated for injuries, Officer Art Montiel of the CHP said.

The charges against Mr. Doane include felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter, the CHP said.

The CHP located Mr. Doane after calling the hospital to ask about anyone admitted with injuries consistent with what witnesses to the accident said they had seen, Mr. Montiel said. Officers were looking for major injuries to the left hand and head injuries, he said.

After the accident, officers with K-9 police dogs picked up a trail of blood into the woods, but were not able to find the man at that time, Mr. Montiel said. "We knew he had sustained some injuries," he said. "He was definitely out all night. We weren't sure he was going to be able to make it, out in the cold with injuries."

The CHP is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Officer Jason Thinnes at 650-369-6261.


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