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Update: Man Killed in Hwy 17 Crash Near Los Gatos

Fatality occurs when car goes off southbound Highway 17 rolling down hill near Los Gatos Tuesday afternoon.

One person was killed when a car went off of southbound Highway 17 and rolled down a hill near Los Gatos Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 21, 2014.
One person was killed when a car went off of southbound Highway 17 and rolled down a hill near Los Gatos Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 21, 2014.
Updated: 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22: A man was killed Tuesday afternoon at around 5 p.m. when his car went off the road while traveling southbound on Highway 17 near Alma College Road, south of Los Gatos. 

"We believe the individual ran off the roadway and succumbed to his injuries," said CHP spokesman officer Christopher Falkowski.

There are no witnesses to the accident, Falkowski added saying the victim was a young man, approximately 25 years of age, driving a 2005 GMC SUV sports utility vehicle.

Although his identification has not been established yet, CHP officers believe based on the vehicle's registration that the victim could possibly be from Capitola, Falkowski said.

The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office will have to ID the body, Falkowski said, adding that investigators won't know if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash until a toxicology report is completed by the coroner.

"We don't know what caused the collision," Falkowski said. "We don't know if it was speed, if he was swerving from not hitting a deer ... the primary collision factor is still under investigation."

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Updated: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22:
Highway 17 southbound lanes have been cleared and a Sig-alert issued by the CHP was lifted around 9 p.m. after a fatal solo-vehicle crash near Lexington Reservoir Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities aren't releasing any additional information about the crash or the identity of the driver at this time.

The victim plummeted about 100 feet down an embankment while traveling southbound on the highway near Alma College Road, south of Los Gatos.


—By Bay City News Service 


One person was killed when a car went off of southbound state Highway 17 and rolled down a hill near Los Gatos this afternoon, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The solo-vehicle accident was reported at 5:09 p.m. near Alma College Road, south of Los Gatos.

The car went off the road for unknown reasons and tumbled about 100 feet down a hillside, CHP Officer Ralph Caggiano said.

A person in the car was pronounced dead at the scene, Caggiano said.

A Sig-alert was issued at 5:34 p.m. One of the two southbound lanes is blocked because of the accident, Caggiano said.

There is no estimated time for when the lane will reopen, he said.


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Sheila Sanchez January 23, 2014 at 06:00 PM
@hello there ... how can you conclude the victim in the KSBW report is this young man? This fatality on Highway 17 is being reported by CHP as occurring the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 21 and the KSBW story is reporting about another fatal car wreck on Highway 17 on Wednesday, Jan. 22. A little confused and waiting for CHP to call me back. Coroner not releasing ID of man in our report.
Robert Roch'e January 24, 2014 at 02:48 PM
People will never learn how to drive in the mountains especially on 17 from Los Gatos to Scotts Valley, this is one stretch of road that you don't want to be driving if you are intoxicated or if you are just too tired to be driving, falling asleep on this stretch of road is leathal. People drive just too fast on the mountain roads and is why many have accidents. It's sad to hear about anyone dying while driving anywhere and this man was so young.

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