The Santa Clara County coroner identified the three people who died following a multi-car accident on U.S. Highway 101 in Sunnyvale on Monday. One of them was a Mountain View resident.
NBC Bay Area reported that the victims include Paul August Dennig Jr., 24, a resident of Mountain View; Nicacio Negrete Gutierrez, 53, a resident of Sunnyvale; and Tyler Tolentino Rasay, 28, a resident of South San Francisco.
The chain-reaction collision was reported around 12:30 a.m. on May 22 on northbound 101 just south of Fair Oaks Avenue.
According to California Highway Patrol, a Ford pickup truck traveling north struck the center divider, blocking some northbound lanes and causing other cars to crash. Three people got out of their cars and were gathered nearby when another vehicle collided with them. Two victims were thrown into southbound lanes where they were struck by another vehicle.
Six vehicles were involved with the chain reaction, which killed three people and sent another five to the hospital. Following the incident, the CHP fully closed the freeway for nearly nine hours and diverted traffic at Lawrence Expressway and N. Matilda Avenue.
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