Los Altos Police arrested a Mountain View resident Thursday on multiple charges after a solo drunk driving crash killed a passenger in his car.
Police and Santa Clara County Fire responders arrived at the crash site on Fremont Avenue and Marymeade Lane at 11:07 p.m. and found a 2005 Chevrolet with extensive damage on its passenger side and a passenger gravely injured.
Emergency medical personnel declared the 27-year-old male passenger – a Mountain View resident – dead at 11:15 p.m. on scene. The Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Tai-Jin Lee.
The driver of the vehicle, 33-year-old Miroslav Samardzija, was able to exit the car wreck and was later transported to a local hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, according to police. Officers arrested him at the hospital for driving his vehicle while impaired. Police charged Samardzija with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence and causing bodily injury, and reckless driving.
The cause of the collision remains under investigation by Los Altos Police and the joint Palo Alto/Los Altos Specialized Traffic Accident Reconstruction team.
Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call Los Altos Police Sgt. Paul Arguelles at 947-2770.
March 24, 4:27 p.m., 1600 block of Holt Avenue: An unknown suspect entered the rear yard of a residence and stole two bicycles, valued at $2,300 combined.
March 26, 12:33 p.m., 600 block of Fremont Avenue: An unknown suspect stole a woman’s purse and other items from an unlocked car parked in
front of FIT at Rancho Shopping Center.
March 26, 6:36 p.m., 1200 block of Thurston Avenue: An unknown suspect attempted to pry open a door to a home but fled the property without stealing anything.
March 25, 5:53 p.m., 1900 block of Fallen Leaf Lane: An unknown suspect forced entry into a home through its back door and stole a safe, jewelry and personal documents.
March 26, 6:32 p.m., 1400 block of Ranchita Drive: An unknown suspect entered a home by prying open one of its doors and stole jewelry and electronics.
– Diego Abeloos