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CHP Searching for Driver Involved in Hwy 101 Fatality

The driver of a white pick-up truck caused a pileup that killed a man south of the Poplar Avenue exit Sunday morning.

The California Highway Patrol is continuing to search for the driver of a white pickup truck a multi-car pileup on U.S. Highway 101 in San Mateo this morning, killing one.

The crash was first reported at about 12:50 a.m., when the pickup truck—possibly broken down—was stopped in the left lane on southbound Highway 101 near Poplar Avenue, CHP Officer Art Montiel said. 

As many as four vehicles collided behind the pickup truck, Montiel said.

A 29-year-old passenger in the back seat of a 2010 Mazda suffered major head trauma and was declared dead at the scene. There were two others in that car, including the driver, a 30-year-old man from Palo Alto, who was taken to Stanford University Hospital with major head injuries. The passenger in the front seat was apparently not seriously injured but was taken to Stanford hospital as a precautionary measure.

The driver of the pickup truck is "unaccounted for," Montiel said. The occupants of three other vehicles involved in the crash, a white Ford van, a black Honda Civic and a gold Honda Accord, were not injured.

It had not been determined if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

Anyone who might have witnessed the crash is urged to contact CHP Officer Graham at (650) 36-6261 ext. 308.

—Bay City News Service and Patch

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