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Driver killed on Interstate 280

Four others injured in two-car collision in Palo Alto

A two-vehicle collision on Sunday, Jan. 5, caused one vehicle to split in two and a second to overturn on Interstate 280, killing a 21-year-old man and injuring four others, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred in the early morning hours on northbound 280, south of Page Mill Road, in unincorporated Santa Clara County. Officers and firefighters arrived on the scene at 4:02 a.m. to find the driver of a 1999 BMW sedan thrown from the vehicle and dead. The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office has identified him as Julian Thomas, 21, of San Carlos.

The BMW, which carried three passengers, had crashed with a 2012 Nissan sedan driven by Johnson Chao, 46, of Redwood City. Investigators do not yet know what caused the drivers to lose control of their cars and collide, CHP spokesman Officer Art Monteil said. Both vehicles came to rest within the center median.

The driver's side of the BMW struck a tree. The force of the collision split the car in half, and Thomas was thrown from the vehicle. Two passengers, a San Carlos man, 21, and a 21-year-old Sacramento woman, received minor injuries. A third passenger, a San Francisco woman, 19, had moderate injuries, Monteil said.

Chao's Nissan overturned and came to rest on its roof. It was partially on top of the concrete center median. He was able to extricate himself. Chao and the BMW's passengers were transported to Stanford Hospital.

The collision is currently under investigation. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor, Monteil said. Any witnesses to this collision are asked to contact Officer William Parker at 650-369-6261.

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Posted by Albert iNstein
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jan 6, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Nothing good happens after 4:01 am, especially when it comes to racing on the freeway.


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Posted by Jack Valero
a resident of Castro City
on Jan 7, 2014 at 9:07 am

They were not racing. Julian was speeding, Nissan break checked him.
Rip buddy

Hope CHP does a thorough investigation and the driver of the Nissan gets a manslaughter charge.


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Posted by Scooter
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jan 7, 2014 at 9:26 am

There are 4 lanes on 280. I would imagine that at 4am, the road is wide open.
Why would the person speeding get brake checked by another car?
Something must have happened prior to the crash to provoke the brake check. Assuming that's what caused the accident.


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Posted by AC
a resident of another community
on Jan 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm

AC is a registered user.

I'm afraid illegal brake-checking is hard to prove, whereas speeding is easy to prove. I-280 in the middle of the night has a ton of reasons (true or not) for abrupt braking (like deer running across the freeway).


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