Woman, 78, dies in car crash on Foothill in Palo Alto

Mountain View resident's car runs into tree at intersection of Arastradero Road

A 78-year-old Mountain View woman died Wednesday afternoon after the Toyota Camry she was driving collided with a tree on northbound Foothill Expressway, just south of Arastradero Road in Palo Alto, according to Palo Alto police and fire officials.

The woman's identity has not been released yet by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner.

The cause of the 2:03 p.m. crash is unknown, police Lt. Sandra Brown said.

However, the woman might have suffered a medical problem that led to the accident, according to Battalion Chief Chris Woodard.

"There were no skid marks," he said.

Woodard said the woman was injured in the crash and was pronounced dead within about 10 minutes.

The Palo Alto Police Department's Special Traffic Accident Reconstruction team is investigating the collision.

Anyone with information or any witnesses to the collision are encouraged to contact the Palo Alto Police Department at 650-329-2413.

Sue Dremann


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Posted by jupiterk
a resident of Gemello
on Sep 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm

78 year olds driving on the roads is like suicide bombers. There is a danger. We all know people at any age can get violently sick or something can go wrong in a second. It is more prone for this kind of thing happening at ages like 78. I am glad no one else got hurt. Its irresponsible that people at that age drive. Now, don't jump on me. She may have no one else to take her to places and she might have been completely fit till that time of the incident.

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Posted by AC
a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm

AC is a registered user.

I think that driver's licenses should follow more along the lines of pilot's licenses. Each time renewed should come health checks. For instance, if your blood pressure is too high, your pilot's license is suspended until you get it under control; and then it's re-instated.

It's not discrimination. It's about safety. Same for driver's licenses.

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Posted by Thom
a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I'd bet the bank more people with illegal licenses cause more accidents than people in their 70's. I bet most 70 yr olds drive better than most of those crying to get their licenses taken away.

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Posted by Stat Tastic
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Sep 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Yep, statistically teen drivers are the ticking time bombs, senior drivers are generally safer drivers and involved in _far_ fewer accidents and fatalities. If jupiterk had checked the facts he probably wouldn't have posted as he did, but he if he reads these posts, he'll be more educated about drivers stats, so that's a plus.

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