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San Jose man dies in car crash on I-280 in Los Altos

A man who died in a solo-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 280 in Los Altos Hills on Saturday evening has been identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office as 60-year-old San Jose resident Kenneth Smith.

The crash was reported around 5:40 p.m. July 11 on southbound Highway 280 north of El Monte Road. A caller shortly before that had reported a black 2009 Lexus sedan going more than 100 mph, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Investigators said the Lexus driver, later identified as Smith, appeared to lose control of the vehicle, which went up a dirt embankment on the west side of the highway, then down a ravine, striking several trees, CHP officials said.

The Lexus overturned, possibly more than once. Smith, who was unrestrained in the vehicle, died as a result of the crash, and the CHP has not determined if impairment was a factor in the crash.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call CHP Officer Oscar Landell at (650) 369-6261.

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San Jose man dies in car crash on I-280 in Los Altos

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A man who died in a solo-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 280 in Los Altos Hills on Saturday evening has been identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office as 60-year-old San Jose resident Kenneth Smith.

The crash was reported around 5:40 p.m. July 11 on southbound Highway 280 north of El Monte Road. A caller shortly before that had reported a black 2009 Lexus sedan going more than 100 mph, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Investigators said the Lexus driver, later identified as Smith, appeared to lose control of the vehicle, which went up a dirt embankment on the west side of the highway, then down a ravine, striking several trees, CHP officials said.

The Lexus overturned, possibly more than once. Smith, who was unrestrained in the vehicle, died as a result of the crash, and the CHP has not determined if impairment was a factor in the crash.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call CHP Officer Oscar Landell at (650) 369-6261.

— Bay City News Service

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Waldo
Waverly Park
on Jul 13, 2020 at 2:53 pm
Waldo, Waverly Park
on Jul 13, 2020 at 2:53 pm
2 people like this

Thankfully, no one else was involved.


Mary Battle
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 8:54 am
Mary Battle, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 8:54 am
5 people like this

RIP Ken, Love Battle family


Gotelli Family
another community
on Jul 14, 2020 at 10:32 am
Gotelli Family, another community
on Jul 14, 2020 at 10:32 am
6 people like this

Smitty, we're so sorry that you weren't able to find peace on earth. Sincere condolences to your family. Godspeed Ken. Love, Deb


Jackie Battle
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 11:51 am
Jackie Battle, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 11:51 am
4 people like this

RIP Smitty, you will be missed old friend
The Battle Family


Gary
Sylvan Park
on Jul 16, 2020 at 11:37 am
Gary, Sylvan Park
on Jul 16, 2020 at 11:37 am
5 people like this

Condolences to family and other loved ones. But the article is about a man named Kenneth Smith driving a Lexus at 5:40 pm on Saturday, July 11 on 280 near El Monte at over 100 mph. A man who was found without even a seatbelt on. According to the article, there was no report yet on "impairment" such as alcohol in his system. There are many persons named Kenneth Smith in San Jose. In the future, a middle name or date of birth would be helpful. Readers could then at least do something a reporter might do: look online for civil and criminal cases that could shed light of what occurred.


Deb Gotelli
another community
on Jul 17, 2020 at 9:33 pm
Deb Gotelli, another community
on Jul 17, 2020 at 9:33 pm
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Smitty was a fixture in the Bay Area for decades.

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our co-owner, Ken Smith, who has been with Andy’s Barbeque since 1976. For the time being, Andy’s will be closed tomorrow, July 16th, until further notice while we handle arrangements and regroup. We will inform you of our reopening as soon as possible. In the meantime, please feel free to share any memories of Ken in the comments below. Thank you.


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