Pinewood School graduate killed in Monterey County off-roading accident

A Pinewood School graduate has died following an off-roading accident that severely injured his four companions.

Andrew Joseph Kruep, 24, died instantly April 18 from injuries sustained when the Jeep he rode in rolled off a trail near Lockwood in Monterey County and tumbled 700 feet down an embankment, according to California Highway Patrol reports and his family.

Emergency crews transported the four survivors to area hospitals for treatment. The CHP identified them as Spencer N. Blodgett, 24, of Lafayette; Myles Andrew Franklin, 21, of San Luis Obispo; Sean Ross Mullen, 22, of San Luis Obispo; and Darren Thomas Mullen, 25, of San Luis Obispo.

The accident occurred at approximately 1:40 a.m. as Kruep and his friends drove through Williams Hill Recreation Area, according to the CHP. All five men were ejected from the vehicle. It took rescue crews approximately 8 hours to extricate the victims due to the remote location.

As of April 29, a CHP investigation of the crash continued.

Kruep was born in St. Louis and lived in Denver for a time before moving with his family to Los Altos Hills, where he spent much of his life. He graduated from Pinewood School in 2009 and earned a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from St. Mary's College in May 2014. After college, Kruep worked as a business development manager for an environmental remediation technology firm serving the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest. He planned to attend business school.

Andrew KruepAn avid sports enthusiast and outdoorsman, Kruep served as the captain of Pinewood's football team, played college football and lacrosse and enjoyed hunting, sailing and Thai kickboxing. He was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Los Altos and volunteered at the Stanford Ronald McDonald House.

Kruep's family described him as "an exceptional snow skier, a voracious reader and an aspiring, self-taught chef and baker."

Kruep "approached life with a great deal of curiosity and gusto," according to his family. "He was a quick study, funny and witty. He never backed down from anything or anyone. His kindness could be seen by the way he played with his puppy, Greta."

Kruep is survived by his parents, Donna and Randall Kruep, and his younger siblings, Julia and Christian.

A celebration of life funeral mass was held April 23 at St. Nicholas Church.

Champion marksman dies in MV fire

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Mountain View firefighters clear debris in the aftermath of a home fire on Lola Lane,

A man died Thursday after an early-morning fire destroyed his Mountain View home.

The man, identified as resident Dan Theodore by his neighbors, was the only casualty. No one else was injured in the blaze.


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Arrests and citations

April 21, 12:30 a.m., Foothill Expressway and Magdalena Avenue: Officers stopped a motorist for a vehicle code violation and determined that the 27-year-old male driver had been consuming alcohol. A DUI investigation found the driver under the legal limit, but officers conducted a search of the car and discovered illegal narcotics. The man was released at the scene with a criminal citation.

April 23, 11:15 a.m., Marlbarough Avenue and Ranchita Drive: A 53-year-old woman rammed her car into a tree. Officers determined that she was driving under the influence. She was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.


LAH resident killed in cycling accident

Kathryn GreenA longtime Los Altos Hills resident and philanthropist struck by a bicyclist  while walking along Page Mill Road April 20 has died from her injuries.

Kathryn Green, 61, died the next day from injuries sustained during the accident, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office.

Green was walking near Altamont Road at approximately 11 a.m. when a bicyclist, traveling eastbound on Page Mill at an estimated 25 mph, rounded a blind curve and hit her, said Art Montiel CHP officer. Green was transported to Stanford Hospital, where she later died. The bicyclist was not seriously injured.

Because Green was not carrying identification, officials were unable to notify her family immediately following the accident. Her husband, Los Altos Hills Planning Commission member Richard Partridge, was attending a council meeting until late Monday night and did not learn of her whereabouts until the following morning.

Green, an avid hiker, was likely headed to walk the trails in Foothills Park, said Ev Shiro, her friend.

Green was born in Santa Monica and grew up in Pacific Palisades. She graduated from Johnston College at the University of Redlands. In addition to serving as an active Johnston College alum, she contributed to Palo Alto-based TheatreWorks and Sustainable Conservation in San Francisco. Green served on the board of the Palo Alto Farmer's Market and a co-founder of WomenGo!, an organization promoting the economic self-sufficiency of low-income women in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

"She was an unbelievably magnanimous person," Shiro said.

Green enjoyed cooking and prepared meals for friends preoccupied by work. She strove to not repeat a single recipe in a year.

Along with her husband, Green is survived by her brother, William Green of Sioux Falls, S.D. Plans for a celebration of life are underway.

Champion marksman dies in MV fire

Dan Theodore, courtesy of NRAblog.com A man died Thursday (April 23) after an early morning fire destroyed his Mountain View home.

The man, identified as resident Dan Theodore by his neighbors, was the only casualty. No one else was injured in the blaze.

Theodore died due to accidental smoke inhalation, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's office. The origin of the fire remains under investigation.


Car crashes through Trader Joe's

Courtesy of Santa Clara County Fire Department
A sedan driven by a 75-year-old woman blasted through the front of Trader Joe’s Friday, above. Employees survey the aftermath, left.

Six people were admitted to the hospital Friday after the vehicle of a 75-year-old driver barreled through the front doors of Trader Joe’s on Homestead Road, according to Los Altos Police Sgt. Brian Jeffrey.

The driver sustained no injuries, but a 4-year-old boy suffered a broken leg and three adult shoppers had minor cuts and abrasions. A baby showing no visible signs of injury was transported to the hospital for a precautionary examination.


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April 16, 1:31 a.m., 27000 block Fremont Road: Santa Clara County Fire Department personnel said the heat from a lamp ignited a cardboard box. The fire spread before residential sprinklers extinguished the flames. Fire authorities reported no injuries and $60,000 in property and content damages.

April 17, 4:55 p.m., 400 block of First Street: Police said a resident put a lit cigarette into an ashtray and caught paper on fire. Santa Clara County Fire Department firefighters responded to a report of smoke in the building. They quickly extinguished the flames. Damages were estimated at $250.


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