PRESS RELEASE - Fatal Traffic Collision
On Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at about 6:44 a.m., a fatal traffic collision occurred near the intersection of Stevens Creek Boulevard and Maplewood Avenue. A white colored Honda Accord, with a female seated in the front passenger seat, was traveling in the wrong direction of traffic - eastbound in the westbound lanes - of Stevens Creek Boulevard. The Honda struck a silver colored Toyota Prius that was traveling in the westbound lanes of Stevens Creek Boulevard. The white Honda then struck a silver colored Honda head-on that was also traveling in the westbound lanes of Stevens Creek Boulevard.
The driver of the white colored Honda was 34-year-old Edgardo Sanchez. He was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening internal injuries. The front seat passenger of the white colored Honda was a 24-year-old female resident of Santa Clara. She received life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. She died at the hospital later that day.
The driver of the Prius was a 55-year-old female resident of San Jose. She was not injured in the collision.
The driver of the silver colored Honda was a 38-year-old male resident of San Jose. He received minor injuries and was also transported to a local hospital.
The investigation revealed the vehicle driven by Sanchez was stolen in San Jose. Sanchez was on active Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) and he was driving on a suspended driver’s license. A canister of pepper spray was also found in the car.
Sanchez was arrested for the following charges:
- Vehicle Manslaughter
- Auto Theft
- Possession of Pepper Spray
- Driving on a Suspended License
- Violation of Post Release Community Supervision
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Traffic Investigator Nick Cusimano at (408) 615- 4764.