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Fatal car crash on I-280 kills pickup truck driver

Man, 66, was pronounced dead at the scene

A 66-year-old man died in a car crash on Interstate Highway 280 in Los Altos Hills near the Palo Alto city border on Wednesday, May 18.

A man died in a car crash on southbound Interstate Highway 280 south of Page Mill Road in Los Altos Hills near the Palo Alto city border on May 18, 2022. Courtesy Getty Images.

California Highway Patrol officers responded to the scene at about 2:40 p.m. and found that a 2014 Ford pickup truck had crashed into a tree on the right hand shoulder of the southbound side of the freeway, south of the Page Mill Road exit, according to a CHP press release.

The driver, a San Jose resident, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office identified the man as Richard Russell Snell.

Investigators didn't identify the cause of the crash, but alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors. The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle, CHP spokesperson Art Montiel said.

The CHP is asking witnesses to contact Officer S. Lu at 650-779-2700.

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Fatal car crash on I-280 kills pickup truck driver

Man, 66, was pronounced dead at the scene

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, May 19, 2022, 9:43 am
Updated: Tue, May 24, 2022, 10:10 am

A 66-year-old man died in a car crash on Interstate Highway 280 in Los Altos Hills near the Palo Alto city border on Wednesday, May 18.

California Highway Patrol officers responded to the scene at about 2:40 p.m. and found that a 2014 Ford pickup truck had crashed into a tree on the right hand shoulder of the southbound side of the freeway, south of the Page Mill Road exit, according to a CHP press release.

The driver, a San Jose resident, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office identified the man as Richard Russell Snell.

Investigators didn't identify the cause of the crash, but alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors. The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle, CHP spokesperson Art Montiel said.

The CHP is asking witnesses to contact Officer S. Lu at 650-779-2700.

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