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.