Palo Alto woman seriously injured in crash

Multiple lanes on University Avenue shut down during Wednesday morning commute

A 57-year-old resident of Palo Alto is in critical condition following a head-on collision on University Avenue at Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park Wednesday, Nov. 20, around 7:30 a.m.

Police said a preliminary investigation shows that a 2002 Toyota, driven east on University by the Palo Alto woman, jumped the median into oncoming traffic in the westbound lane. The car then hit a 2013 Mercedes, driven by a 60-year-old Union City woman, head-on.

The drivers were taken to Stanford Hospital for treatment, police said. The Palo Alto resident remains in critical condition; the other woman sustained serious injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor, according to the police.

Lanes on University were shut down for hours following the crash.

The collision remains under investigation. Police ask that anyone information about the incident call 330-6300.

The crash is the second resulting in major injuries this week on Bayfront Expressway near the Dumbarton Bridge. On Monday, Nov. 18, a 33-year-old bicyclist was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle at Bayfront and Marsh Road.

Police shut down Bayfront's westbound lanes approaching Marsh at around 8:54 a.m. and did not reopen them until 2:24 p.m.

— Sandy Brundage


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Posted by Colleen Kouri
a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

Please do not call Highway 101 "Bayfront Expressway" like you are a member of a secret club. This the news and needs to be clear and accurate for the public. In addition, I have never heard anyone under the age of 60 call 101 by this name.

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Posted by commonsense
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Nov 21, 2013 at 10:52 am

You don't need to be a secret agent or genius to understand that 101 and Bayfront Expressway are different roads.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

This collision was not on Hwy 101. Bayfront Expressway is a different street (out by Facebook).

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Posted by Mix-up
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

Colleen you may be confusing Bayfront Expressway with Bayshore (which 101 was called years ago.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 21, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Now that we've cleared up Bayshore Freeway vs Bayfront Expressway, can someone tell me which direction is eastbound or westbound on University Avenue?

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Posted by Patrick Muffler
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm

By reference to Google Earth or Google Maps, Bayfront Expressway is Calif. Hwy 84 (leading to the Dumbarton Bridge), north of Highway 101 (aka Bayshore Freeway). University Avenue between Hwy 101 and Bayshore Expressway (84) runs due north-south, not east-west.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 22, 2013 at 5:23 am

>> "... driven east on University by the Palo Alto woman, jumped the median into oncoming traffic in the westbound lane."

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Posted by Marisol
a resident of Professorville
on Nov 22, 2013 at 9:28 am


Best comment today. "Secret club" made me laugh. So true!

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

Re north-south vs. east-west. Locals always refer to this area as east-west, not north-south. Hence, Fremont is in the East Bay, Sonoma is in the North Bay. Going eastbound on Bayfront means going toward Dumbarton Bridge, going westbound means heading toward E. Palo Alto or Menlo.

I just received an alert indicating that the Palo Alto woman heading eastbound died from her injuries. My sincere condolences to her loved ones. I hope that the other woman recovers quickly.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Thanks Hmmm. I hadn't applied that logic to University Avenue before, but makes sense -- Stanford is the west end of University, so Bayfront must be the east end.

Sad to hear that the driver did not pull through. Web Link

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