SAN JOSE — A woman who was killed in a fiery car crash Sunday morning on Highway 101 in South San Jose has been identified by the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office as 58-year-old Thuy Nguyen.
Nguyen, of San Jose, was driving a white Nissan Altima in the wrong direction on southbound 101 near Metcalf Road when she tried to make a U-turn at about 5:45 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The Altima was hit by a Honda Accord, according to the CHP.
The crash caused both vehicles to block the southbound lanes.
Following the crash, the female driver of the Accord was assisted out of her car by another driver who witnessed the collision and stopped to help, CHP Officer Jose Jimenez said. Nguyen remained in her car.
About five minutes later, a Toyota Corolla travelling on Highway 101 crashed into the Nissan. The impact caused the Altima to “become fully involved in flames,” Jimenez said.
Firefighters were the first to respond to the scene, Jimenez said.
The collision remains under investigation. Investigators do now know if alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash, Jimenez said.
Most of the drunk or impaired driving crashes occur in the early a.m. hours, like this instance. We would not be surprised if this woman was on drugs or drunk. There are a lot of Vietnamese drug-addicts in San Jose.
Three car collision results in fatality
By Hollister Free Lance - July 31, 2017
California Highway Patrol
A three car collision on US Highway 101 resulted in a fatality on Sunday, July 31.
At around 5:45 a.m., California Highway Patrol received word of a three-car traffic collision that involved one party driving the wrong direction.
The preliminary investigation found that Party One, a San Jose male of unknown age driving a 2004 Nissan Altima, was driving in the center divide while traveling north in the southbound lanes of Highway 101 near the PG&E Metcalf Substation. Party One collided with Party Two, a San Jose male aged 45 driving a 2015 Honda Accord, when he unsafely entered the number one lane. Both vehicles blocked the southbound lanes of Highway 101 after the collision. Party One stayed inside the 2004 Nissan Altima while a passerby assisted Party Two out of the vehicle.
Party Three, a 50-year old Gilroy man driving a 2016 Toyota Corolla, collided with the rear of the Nissan Altima. The impact of the two vehicles caused a fire that fully engulfed the Nissan Altima.
The collision is still under investigation. It is unknown at this time if drugs and/or alcohol were a factor in the cause of the collision.
If anyone has additional information pertaining to this collision or may had witnessed this collision, please contact Officer J. Jimenez at the CHP Hollister Gilroy Area Office at (408) 848-2324.