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Deadly Holiday Weekend on South Bay Roads

Police are hoping witnesses will step forward in at least one of the deadly crashes.



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    The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office has identified a  man who was struck and killed by a car in Campbell early Saturday morning as  47-year-old Kevin Keeler.

    The collision happened at about 2:30 a.m. on Winchester Boulevard  near Chapman Drive, according to police.

    Keeler was found lying in the road in the far right lane of southbound Winchester Boulevard. He was pronounced dead at the scene.   

    The driver of the car that struck Keeler has been interviewed by police, and the collision remains under investigation.  

    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Traffic Sgt. Richard Shipman at (408) 866-2710.

    The same medical examiner office also identified two people who were killed in separate crashesin San Jose over the long  weekend.

    The first crash, which occurred Sunday evening in the 2200 block of Camden Avenue, claimed the life of Kiel Sturm.

    Sturm, 28, of Mountain View, was traveling east on Camden Avenue when his silver 2002 Nissan Altima crashed into a light pole.

    Officers responded to the crash at about 6:35 p.m. and pronounced Sturm dead at the scene.

    Police do not believe alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.

    On Monday morning, Victor Gomez Mendoza, 30, of San Jose, was ejected from the back of a Chevrolet Trailblazer that crashed and overturned  on a San Jose off-ramp.

    The SUV was carrying a family on their way home from a trip to Mexico, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    CHP Officer DJ Sarabia said none of the eight people in the SUV was wearing a seat belt when the accident happened around 4:45 a.m. on the off-ramp from northbound U.S. Highway 101 to eastbound Capitol Expressway.  

    A second person was also ejected from the vehicle and was taken to a hospital with major injuries, along with a third victim, who had minor injuries, Sarabia said.   

    The other five people in the car suffered minor injuries but didn't require hospitalization, he said. There were no children in the car,  he said.    

    Investigators do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. Sarabia said the driver might simply have been going too fast on the slick roadway.

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