Two deadly crashes in San Jose Wednesday

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Two separate collisions on San Jose roadways Wednesday left two people dead. 

According to the California Highway Patrol, the first call was at 5:55 a.m., and the caller reported a crash on northbound US-101. Investigation reveals that the 39-year-old driver of a 2007 Toyota was in the first lane and running at 65 mph. 

His 2007 Toyota was hit from behind by a 2017 Honda driven by a 19-year-old man. According to CHP, the collision caused the 2007 Toyota to crash into a rear end of a 2004 Toyota, which lost control and hit a Freightliner big rig traveling in the number three lane. 

The driver of the 2007 Toyota died in the crash while the 2004 Toyota driver had moderate injuries and was taken to San Jose Regional Medical Center. 

CHP says all parties stayed on the scene and cooperated with the police. 

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in this incident. 

The second incident happened at around 7 a.m.

CHP received a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Alum Rock Avenue. The pedestrian’s body was found just off the roadway and partially concealed by bushes. The injuries and debris on the scene led the police to conclude he was hit by a vehicle. 

His identity is still unreleased vehicle’s driver reportedly fled from the scene after the crash. 

CHP is investigating this incident as a fatal hit-and-run collision. Anyone with information about the timing of the crash or who can identify the suspect is asked to contact CHP at 408-655-2620.


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