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Portola Valley: Car crash kills man, 23, Sunday morning on Portola Road

Original post made on Dec 28, 2015

Portola Valley resident Charles Derwin, the 23-year-old son of the town's mayor, died early Sunday morning (Dec. 27) in a single-car accident on Portola Road, according to firefighters from the Woodside Fire Protection District.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, December 28, 2015, 11:27 AM

Comments (7)

Posted by Ethel
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Dec 28, 2015 at 12:53 pm

How heart breaking. I recall another tragic accident near that site, Mrs. Crowder also died there, a loving and giving woman.

Posted by Dorothy Polash
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Dec 28, 2015 at 1:23 pm

My deepest sympathies go out to Maryann and the entire Derrwin family. We are after all a small community over all and whenever one of our children is taken from us it is a huge sadness for us all. It is sad to lose any good people of our community. May we all offer the best support we can muster at this time to Maryann and her family.

Posted by Joanne
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Dec 29, 2015 at 1:43 pm

My deepest sympathies to the family. When we lose a child we suffer a loss like no other. Yes, both Mrs. Crowder and earlier Mr. Crowder died along Portola Rd some years ago, may they all rest in peace.

Posted by Kris
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Dec 29, 2015 at 3:47 pm

I'm so very sorry, Maryann. So a terrible tragedy and loss for you and your family. My heart goes out to you.

Posted by Maggie
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Dec 30, 2015 at 10:43 am

I am so very sorry; this is a terrible loss for his family and other loved ones and friends. And by all accounts, the world has lost a fine young man.

Posted by Maggie
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Dec 30, 2015 at 10:46 am

Yes, RIP Betsy Crowder and Dwight Crowder. I was very fortunate to be friends with Betsy, her death was a huge loss for all (as was the death of her husband of course).

Posted by Ann
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 31, 2015 at 5:44 pm

No words can convey sympathy for the loss of a such a young life. We are not promised tomorrow no matter how this accident happened. Love each other.... Make memories. That is all you have...

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