Missing Man Found Near 101 a Week After Crash

The 25-year-old man, who police found in a wooded area Tuesday, was not noticed after a crash on May 8 near Highway 101 and Hellyer Avenue in San Jose.

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    Michael Sanchez, Jr., missing for seven days, was found in heavy brush near highway 101 and Hellyer Avenue. He's now in a coma, and his family is questioning whether authorities did enough to find his son. (Published Thursday, May 17, 2012)

    A man who had been missing for a week is in the hospital after police discovered him in a wooded area by U.S. Highway 101, near where his car had been found days earlier.

    Michael Sanchez Jr., 25, was first reported missing by his family when he failed to show up for a funeral service on Thursday evening. No one had heard from him since May 8 at around 1 a.m., police said.

    On Monday police learned that Sanchez's Ford Ranger pickup had been towed on May 8 after being involved in a single-vehicle rollover collision near Highway 101 and Hellyer Avenue.

    Detectives received a detailed location of where the crash occurred on Tuesday and went to the scene. Officers found the man in a wooded area between the on- and off-ramps of the freeway. Police said that he had not been visible from the road.

    Although alive, Sanchez was unresponsive and was taken to Regional Medical Center.

    San Jose police Officer Jose Garcia said police believe Sanchez had been at the site since his car had crashed and was towed by the California Highway Patrol.

    Garcia said he could not give more information about Sanchez's injuries, nor how or why he crawled out of his car into an area that was obscured from site.