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UPDATE: Novato Man Killed When His SUV Jumps 101 Center Divider, Hits Oncoming Traffic

Four people from Windsor were injured, according to authorities.

A 64-year-old Novato man was killed after a northbound vehicle flipped over the center divider of Highway 101 in San Rafael and into the southbound lanes, according to San Rafael Fire Chief Chris Gray.

The man 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 the SUV flipped in the air for an unknown reason, the California Highway Patrol said. The vehicle went over the center divider just north of the downtown San Rafael exit and into busy southbound traffic, where the vehicle struck an oncoming Honda Pilot, authorities said.

A Sig alert was issued at 3:41 p.m. and traffic backed up in both directions, according to the CHP report.

The driver, along with the four people from Windsor in the other car were transported to Marin General Hospital, Gray said.

Two were considered "limited trauma" and the last two had minor to moderate injuries, Gray said.

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 Toyota 4Runner driver was declared dead at the hospital.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation, but driver intoxication does not appear to be a factor, CHP Sgt. Shirley Lawson said. The crash initially blocked two lanes of southbound 101.

Saturday night, three of the four southbound lanes were cordoned off as the CHP investigated the crash site. Southbound traffic was solid beyond Manuel T. Freitas Parkway in Terra Linda. All lanes were reopened at about 11:15 p.m.

"Please take extra care on the roadway with storm conditions and holiday traffic," Gray said. "We want you to arrive at your destination safely."

A total of 16 firefighters and paramedics, under the command of Battalion Chief Jim Lydon, responded to the crash site. 

— Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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Christine December 23, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Rest in Peace and Condolences to the Family :(
Kevin Moore December 23, 2012 at 06:45 AM
From the photo in the Patch, it looks like the 4Runner came to a rest in the southbound lane near the Central San Rafael Exit. The word "Ahead" can be see on the exit lane as well as other road signs. The road is nearly straight with a slight left bend, just before the Irwin Street onramp merges. The southbound lane is higher than the northbound lane and the median is angled upward, which might explain how the 4Runner jumped the barrier. Really sad.
Kevin Moore December 23, 2012 at 07:01 AM
My condolences to his family and friends.
Eve Arden December 23, 2012 at 07:41 AM
True dat, Eileen. Moreover, those speeding in the parking lots are invariably going the wrong way and yet they have the unmitigated gall to give you the evil eye when they almost crash head on to you.
Eve Arden December 23, 2012 at 07:43 AM
I saw the same thing Jenn. A firetruck had to use the back way to get to the accident. I was driving in the opposite direction and saw that no one was pulling over for the fire engine. I pulled over so the firetruck could pass the cars while the cars behind me followed suit.
Eve Arden December 23, 2012 at 07:45 AM
You are so right, so sorry about your friend. It seems it was not a case of him acting recklessly at all. This is all too sad. What a Christmas it's been.
T.Sprocket December 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Gram.. do you have the inside scoop on what happened? No where in this article do I read anything about "speeding out ther like lunatics". Perhaps you have some insight in to what happened here that others do not? Are there not accidents that don't involve speed? Alcohol? Perhaps a wet road? No? Gram, Eileen, Eve.. Each of you are reactionary donuts. Nothing in this story indicates "speed" or "drunks". Lay off the sauce you three until you have the whole story. Each of you are complete jokers.
mrfisto December 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM
There was no "murder" involved, as the only death was that of the driver at fault.
mrfisto December 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM
My condolences to you and your family...I think there are some commenters on this board that may owe you an apology due to their uninformed assumptions of what happened.
N Gallagher December 23, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Did you EVER consider that maybe the poor guy had a heart attack or something?? PLEASE - he has family too. Hold your judgement people!!!
Lou Judson December 23, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I didn't have enough information in the first edition of the story... apologies... so sorry for the loss!
Janna Barkin December 23, 2012 at 03:40 PM
So sorry to hear of this. Be careful out there and hold each other close.
D December 23, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I happen to see the accident right after it happened. It was raining really hard at that moment and I will also say, I'm very familiar with this part of the road and the northbound fast lane has some irregularities in the road. It was a very sad and scary sight. My heart goes out to the families. Great news that the children are ok.
Jay Fraser December 23, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Dear SRB, My condolences to your family. I can only imagine the deep loss you all feel at this time. May you find peace and strength in this moment. My family and I were headed southbound on 101 coming up the grade from Hamilton when I saw a Highway Patrol car with lights on in the distance behind us. We waited in bumper to bumper traffic for quite sometime when we finally reached the scene of the accident. It was significant to say the least. Our hearts sank. This is a reminder to us all that today can be anyone's last day. In this moment we can all pause and think about how we treat our family members as well as the members of our community. While some of the comments in this thread are no doubt offensive they stem from fear and concern for the disregard we see everyday for one another. The "me first" attitude we see on our streets and freeways everyday where people cut each other off or drive recklessly alarm us all and I suspect even those people who have grown callous. Let us all draw closer to one another - care more for each other. Respect is one of the greatest things we can provide each other. Slow down, let the other person go first, you will get where you are going in just time. I hope if you find this to be a sappy post that you realize it comes from a husband and father who is 43 years old. Old enough to have lost friends along the way and to have seen times where we were better to each other than we are today.
Sarah Gant December 23, 2012 at 04:36 PM
So sorry for all the families involved. My mom suffered a mild stroke while driving across the Tappan Zee Bridge years ago and she was lucky to just have a fender-bender. I would hate to think that people misunderstood it to be anything other than a major medical emergency. On the issue of reckless driving everywhere, my new driving policy is to get over to the right when drivers are tailgating, speeding, changing lanes. I also call 911 if I think the person is endangering others. There is nothing so important that five minutes of delay will really have anything but slight consequences vs the extreme danger of reckless driving
Marinj December 23, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I understand how some can make a soapbox against poor driving when an accident happens. But we all must understand that until we have the full story actually blaming or vilifying the driver served no purpose and could do harm to a family already hurting. But I agree that parking a lots can be a landlmine. Driving fast in the rain and not pulling over for ER vehicles is inexcusable. But those are general statements. Not casting blame in any particular accident. Condolences to the accident victims. Even those who missed their planes or other timely events. Sounds like small inconviences but it can wreak havoc to lots of people. But as far as throwing out words like murder and lunatics and even speeding when one doesn't know should stop
Tina McMillan December 23, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Great post. Thank you.
Bob Ratto December 23, 2012 at 05:16 PM
...actually, post of the week. Thanks!
Manoucheka December 23, 2012 at 05:45 PM
To all the people out there are making their own judgement about my uncle. You should be ashamed of yourself, my uncle had a heart attack while driving. I am sorry about the other families, but we lost a wonderful member of out family that leave Behind his love one and children's. Our hearts are broken and will nerve get repair. Before you throw rocks get your fact straight people. No my uncle was not drinking he was coming back from work when he had a heart attack. You wills ways be in your heart uncle, love manouche
ARF December 23, 2012 at 05:55 PM
My condolences to your family on the death of your beloved uncle. I am so sorry that this happened. You and your family are in all of our prayers. I am 62 years old and understand that each day is a gift.
Kadijah December 23, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Thank you for putting this out manouche. RIP UNCLE
Shonni Tidwell December 23, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Sorry to hear about your Uncle and father, may he Rest In Peace and my heart and thoughts go out to the others involved in the accident. My heart and Prayers go to the family of the deceased!
Julie Beach December 23, 2012 at 08:18 PM
this accident attracted more comments than I have ever seen on patch. My sympathy goes to the man, his friends and family. I too saw that the first responders had a tough time getting through to the scene because few vehicles moved to the side-also, in the type of weather that was going down on 101 there was no possible way that going any faster than 40mph was safe, but anyone going at that safe speed was subjected to the SUV's passing at 60-70mph just splashing water into everyone's windshield. come on people.
Eve Arden December 23, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Woah there Sproket, I did not speculate or assume anything about this tragedy. I was merely agreeing with another comment about other people speeding, even in parking lots.
Tina McMillan December 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I am so sorry for your family and for your grief. It is a terrible loss. I can't imagine how awful it would be to lose a family member and then have people falsely assume he had done something wrong. Any of us could have the same thing happen while we are on the road. It would be better not to rush to judgement every time there is an accident. Please accept my condolences.
Waleed December 25, 2012 at 01:07 AM
I am the driver of the Honda Pilot. I was going South Bound on the carpool lane. The last thing I remember before impact was the red SUV flying in the air coming towards me. My condolences to the other driver's family and friends. My thanks and gratitude to the GOOD people who stopped and helped us right after the accident. I also thank the great first responders’ who came to our aid and took to Marin General Hospital. There, we were taken care off by the most kind and professional medical staff.
Brent Ainsworth December 25, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Thank you for contributing this, Waleed. That means a lot.
Waleed December 26, 2012 at 01:40 AM
The problem is the divider on the NB side of the highway. It's more of a ramp than a divider. This explains how the red Toyota flew over the divider and landed on the SB side. Caltran need to fix this dangerous divide ASAP before more lives are lost. I uploaded a screenshot from Google Maps of that section to this story.
David Randolph December 26, 2012 at 08:19 PM
A simple elimination of the dirt on the northbound side of the k-barrier would eliminate the "ramp" currently there that launched the SUV into the southbound lanes. Get with it Cal-Trans, because it could happen again.
G. G January 03, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Gram, I happen to know for a fact that the person that was driving the SUV did indeed have a heart attack! Before you go running your mouth off, STOP, consider the different possibilities, because a human being did LOSE THEIR LIFE!!! and if you can't find it in your heart to say anything nice, don't say anything at all!!

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