UPDATE: Man Believed Dead, Revived, and All Northbound Lanes of Highway 101 Open Near Gilroy

Traffic was stopped after a two-vehicle crash Thursday that CHP originally thought was a fatal collision.


A man with no pulse was brought back to life by paramedics and a woman was seriously injured after being ejected from a vehicle in a two-car accident Thursday on northbound U.S. Highway 101 in Gilroy, the California Highway Patrol said.

Ricardo Palomares, 78, of San Martin, was seriously injured while a passenger in a Nissan Pathfinder driven by his daughter, Angelica Palomares, 21, that collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck at about 11:30 a.m. today, CHP spokeswoman Erica Elias said.

Ricardo Palomares was at first was reported by the Highway Patrol as deceased, but paramedics were able to revive him and take him to a hospital for treatment, Elias said.

Eustolia Palomares, 77, of San Martin, also suffered serious injuries after she was ejected from the Nissan and fell on her head in the second lane of the highway, but was not hit by on-coming cars, Elias said. Angelica Palomares, who was wearing a safety belt, was not injured in the accident, but Ricardo and Eustolia Palomares did not have seat belts on at the time of the collision, Elias said.

The driver of the pickup, Theodore Kubota, 65, was wearing a safety belt and was not hurt in the accident, she said. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash. The mishap happened when the Nissan was traveling at an unsafe speed on a rain-soaked off-ramp from Leavesley Road to northbound Highway 101, Elias said.

The SUV then traveled across the third and second lanes and into the path of the pickup driving at 65 mph in the first lane, she said. The vehicles crashed and Eustolia Palomares was ejected through the back of the Nissan onto the highway and Ricardo Palomares sustained injuries in the front passenger seat, Elias said. The CHP arrived and at 12:06 p.m. blocked three northbound lanes for more than 90 minutes, but permitted traffic to flow slowly onto the right merge lane from Leavesley and the shoulder, Elias said.

The CHP originally reported that a person died at the scene and that four vehicles were involved in the collision, instead of two.

—Bay City News Service


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