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Hwy 17 Los Gatos Crash Victim ID'd

Man Killed in Monday morning's three-car crash is San Jose resident Steven Pritchett, the county medical examiner's office says.

A man killed in a crash on Highway 17 near Los Gatos on Monday morning has been identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office as 56-year-old Steven Pritchett.

Pritchett, a San Jose resident, was killed in a crash reported around 10:40 a.m. Monday on northbound Highway 17 in unincorporated Santa Clara County south of Los Gatos, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A preliminary investigation indicated that Pritchett was driving a red sedan that was traveling south and struck two cars on the southbound side of the highway, then flipped over onto the northbound side, according to the CHP.

Pritchett was pronounced dead at the scene.

Preliminary information indicated that the driver of a red sedan traveling south struck two cars on the southbound side and flipped over onto the northbound side.

The accident closed the right northbound lane for several hours causing a long traffic jam on the dangerous highway for several hours.

A severe traffic alert was in effect at The Cats Restaurant and Tavern, 17533 Santa Cruz Highway, due to the accident.

The crash remains under investigation by the CHP.

—By Bay City News Service

Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz May 01, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Condolences to the Family.......
Justine Geiszler May 01, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I was hiking the creek trail when this happened. What a horrible nightmare. So sorry for the family.
KATHRYN May 01, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Terrible that someone lost his life, but it sounds like speed was a factor and I heard on the news that the victim was not wearing a seat belt. People really do have to respect the speed limit on Highway 17.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) May 01, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Glad you're safe, Justine. Be careful out there. Take care.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) May 01, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Humm, that hasn't been reported yet, but will check it out. Thanks.

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