A single-vehicle accident around 7:10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the intersection of Portola and Alpine roads claimed the life of the vehicle's only occupant, 70-year-old Portola Valley resident John Sidensol, according to the officials with the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office and the Woodside Fire Protection District.
When medics arrived, the vehicle was resting against a tree and the driver was in "full arrest," meaning he had no pulse and was not breathing, Fire Chief Dan Ghiorso of the Woodside fire district told the Almanac.
Because witnesses reported seeing what might have been erratic driving leading up to the accident, medics took into account the possibility that the driver had a medical condition and took steps to try to resuscitate him, the chief said. The district took the extra step of sending two additional medics with the ambulance to continue CPR and related procedures on the way to the hospital, the chief said.
Mr. Sidensol was pronounced dead at Stanford Hospital.