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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 05/24/2012
Subject :

Driver in Serious Condition After Solo Vehicle Accident
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
May 24, 2012 at 10:50 p.m.

Palo Alto, CA
-- The driver of a vehicle that went off the road and struck a tree near downtown Palo Alto sustained moderate injuries and is in serious but stable condition.

At about 8:10 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2012, officers from the Palo Alto Police Department responded to a report of a major accident at the intersection of Middlefield Road and Hamilton Avenue. Upon arrival, they found that a single vehicle with a solo occupant had crashed into a tree. The driver, a man from Atherton in his sixties, had moderate injuries. Paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department transported him to a local hospital, where he is currently in serious but stable condition.

The initial investigation shows that the car, a sports utility vehicle, was traveling northbound on Middlefield Road approaching the intersection at Hamilton Avenue. The vehicle appears to have drifted into the southbound lanes and onto the sidewalk, hitting a concrete planter and going airborne before striking a tree. No other vehicles were involved in this incident, and no other people were injured.

Police believe it is possible the driver experienced some sort of medical emergency that may have led to the accident. Police do not believe that alcohol or drugs were a factor. Officers from the Palo Alto Police Department's Specialized Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) team are investigating the crash. Police ask that any witnesses to the collision contact our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.