Mountain View Voice

News - August 30, 2013

Driver dies in cement truck accident

by Gennady Sheyner

A man died on Middlefield Road on Saturday morning, Aug. 24, after an accident that caused the cement truck he was driving to topple onto its side, Palo Alto police said.

The victim, later identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office as Leonard Lawrence Acosta, a 58-year-old San Jose resident, was the sole occupant of the truck that police found tipped over on its side shortly after 5 a.m. on the 4200 block of Middlefield, just south of San Antonio Road near the Mountain View border.

Fire Department personnel pronounced the driver dead at the scene, according to the police.

No other vehicles were involved and no other people injured. Police have not determined if drugs or alcohol or a factor in this accident.

The block of Middlefield was closed to traffic Saturday morning as officers from the Palo Alto Police Department's Specialized Traffic Accident Reconstruction team investigated the cause of the accident. All lanes were re-opened as of 1:30 p.m., police said.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call the department's dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent by text or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

—Bay City News Service contributed to this report

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