Teen killed in solo crash on Skyline Boulevard


A passenger in a BMW was killed Thursday when the speeding car careened down an embankment and slammed into two trees in the Santa Cruz mountains near the San Mateo/Santa Clara county line, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

CHP officers responded to reports of a smoking vehicle with an occupant still trapped inside off of Skyline Boulevard near Page Mill Road at about 2:10 p.m., CHP officials said.

According to the preliminary investigation, it appears the driver was speeding south on Skyline when he lost control of the car, veered into the northbound lane and then crashed down an embankment on the opposite side of the road, according to CHP Officer Art Montiel.

The car hit a tree 15 feet from the road and then another tree 40 feet from the road. The front passenger, a 18-year-old San Martin resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A rear passenger, a 19-year-old San Jose resident, suffered major injuries and was taken to Stanford Hospital for treatment. The driver, a 17-year-old San Jose resident, suffered only minor injuries, Montiel said.

As of about 5:20 p.m. Skyline was shut down in both directions while crews cleaned up the wreck.

Editor's note: CHP officials had said the victim was 19 years old. The coroner subsequently said he was 18. This story was changed to correct the age.


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Posted by Stan
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Sep 9, 2016 at 12:50 pm

It's really surprising that there are not more of these sad tales. EVERY night (early AM really) we are entertained by motorcyclists and car racers trying to demonstrate their testosterone level by racing down Skyline from Hwy 84 to Page Mill Rd. If they can average 100 mph they can claim membership in the century club. Sadly some of them claim early membership in heaven (well at least we can hope they ended up there.
CHP and the two county sheriff's could stuff the county coffers if they chose to enforce the speed laws on this Hwy section.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 9, 2016 at 2:04 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

youth, speed, inexperience = loss of a loved one. No membership required.

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Posted by Tacit Approval
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Sep 9, 2016 at 6:11 pm

Racing along Skyline Boulevard in the late hours of the night into the wee hours of the morning takes place EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. There is no denying what is going on. Everyone trying to sleep can hear the roar of the engines. Yet, nothing is done. This amounts to tacit approval by the CHP and Sheriff. So we turn our heads and another teenager loses a life, another family loses a loved one. Very sad.

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Posted by diamond J
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Sep 9, 2016 at 7:43 pm

We used to live up near Skyline and I remember waking in the middle of the night to roaring engines and high pitched screeches that would chill my heart and make me so worried. We've seen so many cars that have gone over and people have died or were forever disabled. I know it's a great road to "race" on but please don't.

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