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Coroner Identifies Novato Man Killed in Dec. 22 Crash

Joseph Pilotte, 64, died when his truck sailed over a center divide barrier on Highway 101 in San Rafael and struck an oncoming vehicle.

Novato resident Joseph Pilotte was identified Wednesday as the 64-year-old man killed Dec. 22 in a collision on Highway 101 in San Rafael, according to the Marin County Sheriff/Coroner's Office.

Pilotte's northbound truck flipped on 101, sailed over the center divide barrier and crashed into another SUV in the oncoming southbound lanes.

Pilotte was behind the wheel of a red 1991 Toyota 4Runner with a camper shell when he apparently lost control at 3:10 p.m. and struck a Honda Pilot, the California Highway Patrol said.

In addition to Pilotte, four people from Windsor who were in the Honda Pilot were transported to Marin General Hospital. The Honda driver, 46-year-old Waleed Abdel Mageed, of Windsor, suffered moderate injuries, as did an 11-year-old boy. A 30-year-old woman and a 6-year-old girl suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation, but driver intoxication did not appear to be a factor, CHP Sgt. Shirley Lawson said. Lt. Keith Boyd of the coroner's division said there was no information ready to be released about the official cause of the death. The CHP has not released a cause of the crash.

— Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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Pat Nims December 27, 2012 at 09:09 PM
And seeing that Joseph Pilotte was 64 years old, how is your comment is appropriate or relevant here?
Arvid P. Sloan December 28, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Everyone knows what kind of person Jerome is. He reveals himself daily. I think he is a liberal trying to discredit conservatives with his silly, nasty and not well thought out comments.
Tamara December 28, 2012 at 05:41 PM
There will be a viewing held today Friday 12/28/12 at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901 from 10 am-4 pm. The funeral service will be held at the same location on Saturday 12/29/12 @ 2 pm and there will also be a viewing prior to the funeral service starting at 10 am on Saturday
Tamara December 28, 2012 at 05:42 PM
There will be a viewing held today Friday 12/28/12 at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901 from 10 am-4 pm. The funeral service will be held at the same location on Saturday 12/29/12 @ 2 pm and there will also be a viewing prior to the funeral service starting at 10 am on Saturday
Tamara December 28, 2012 at 05:45 PM
There will be a viewing held today Friday 12/28/12 at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901 from 10 am-4 pm. The funeral service will be held at the same location on Saturday 12/29/12 @ 2 pm and there will also be a viewing prior to the funeral service starting at 10 am on Saturday

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