Early Monday morning the driver of a Mercedes sedan struck a Toyota Yaris head-on, killing both passengers within, and then fled the scene in a hit-and-run.
The auto accident occurred at 3:20 a.m. at the intersection of North First Street and Skyport Drive near Casino M8trix in San Jose. The women, identified as 62 year old Carmen Zavala and Christina Castro, also in her 60s, were driving to their jobs at Mineta San Jose National Airport.
Initially, two highway patrol officers had spotted the Mercedes driving erratically on Highway 101 and attempted to pull it over near Brokaw Road and First Street. However, the Mercedes made a left turn and sped onto First Street, at which point the officers decided not to pursue due to potential safety hazards.
The Toyota was making a left turn onto First when the Mercedes met it head on. The driver of the Mercedes exited the vehicle, apparently unharmed enough to flee the scene on foot. One of the women, the passenger, died at the scene, while the driver died shortly after being transported to a local hospital.
Due to a lack of witnesses, the driver was not see while escaping, thus no description is available at present.
The southbound side of North First Street was closed temporarily, and traffic was rerouted to Metro Drive as the crash was investigated.
Max Borbeck, a security guard stationed nearby, said that he had heard a "big bang" prior to the crash, and noted that this intersection sees its fair share of speeding vehicles.
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