Teen's death on Skyline linked to speed, wet roadway


California Highway Patrol officials said speed and a wet roadway Saturday morning appear to be responsible for a crash on Skyline Boulevard that killed a 17-year-old boy.

CHP officials received a call at 11:57 a.m. reporting a vehicle down an embankment of southbound state Highway 35 south of Alpine Road in unincorporated San Mateo County.

The officers who responded found a 2015 4-door Audi sedan down the embankment and the youth trapped inside.

CHP officials said it appears the 17-year-old from Saratoga was speeding when he lost control of the car on the wet roadway, veered off the road and hit a tree.

The youth was pronounced dead when he was pulled from the car. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to have played a part in his death.

CHP officials issued a traffic alert at 12:43 p.m. when they closed the highway in both directions to investigate the crash. The highway reopened in both directions at 4:11 p.m.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Officer Jared Traub at (650) 369-6261.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Stan
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on May 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm

It's always tragic when a young or any life is extinguished through speed and, perhaps, recklessness. Skyline is the scene of almost perpetual "sideshow" type behaviors involving speed trial types of activity. The "Century club' is well known (average 100 mph from La Honda Rd to Page Mill Rd)and is clearly evidenced by the sounds of speeding vehicles (often motorcycles) as they progress along the roadway. I live about 1 mile from Skyline and often hear the sounds of the racing, often souped up, vehicles that are quite clear.
This is particularly common on weekends and evenings. It would be helpful if our sheriffs department would take a more proactive approach to patrolling this roadway to cut down on the speeding and behaviors that endanger both the speeders and other drives.

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Posted by Sad
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on May 9, 2016 at 1:38 pm

So sad for this family.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 9, 2016 at 2:38 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

It is very sad when a life is lost in an accident of any kind. Skyline is a dangerous and caution needs to be used by all drivers.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 9, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Probably an unfortunate coincidence, but Tom Stienstra's column in today's Chronicle is about reckless drivers turning Skyline into their own private racetrack. Families who are trying to visit the open space preserves along the road are collateral damage. On bicyclist was hospitalized after being run down by a pack of motorcycles, who fled the scene and left him there with broken bones (CHP is asking the public for tips about this case). Police patrols of the road have always been sparse, but that has to change. Web Link

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