Foothill Expressway crash victim identified

Claire Silberman, 93, killed in Wednesday crash

A Mountain View woman who died Wednesday (Sept. 14) when her car crashed into a tree has been identified as Claire Silberman, the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office said today (Sept. 15).

Police and fire officials had previously said Silberman was 78 years old, but the coroner's office today said she was 93.

Silberman died at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon after her Toyota Camry crashed into a tree on northbound Foothill Expressway, about one mile south of Arastradero Road in Palo Alto, according to Palo Alto police and fire officials.

Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Chris Woodard said that when firefighters and paramedics arrived Silberman was suffering from a traumatic heart attack. She was unresponsive with a faint pulse.

Responders tried to extricate her while two Palo Alto paramedics started advanced life support measures, but Silberman died. She was pronounced dead at the scene before she could be extricated.

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

"There were no skid marks," Woodard said.

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


Posted by LawAbidingCitizen, a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Sep 16, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I don't understand why people over the age of 75 are allowed to drive.My grandfather is one of them and he was given 3 tries to pass the test while some of us get our licenses taken away for cr@p.

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