Report reveals details of fatal MV accident

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Police arrested the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian crossing El Monte Avenue at Marich Way.

The driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a Los Altos woman in October is at fault for failing to yield to a pedestrian within a crosswalk, according to a Mountain View Police Department traffic collision report obtained by the Town Crier.

Los Altos police officers arrested Glenn Tad Kawaguchi, 61, at approximately 9:30 p.m. April 6 on a misdemeanor warrant for vehicular manslaughter, said Sgt. Katie Krauss. The Los Altos resident was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail but posted $25,000 bail the following morning. Kawaguchi is charged with the Oct. 22 death of Michelle Louise Montalvo, 54.


Roadway cut-through, safety projects en route to completion

Increasing traffic on Foothill Expressway has diverted overflow onto Los Altos city streets, prompting an array of roadway improvement projects.

The significant surge in Los Altos’ cut-through traffic has prompted city leaders to invest in roadway upgrades throughout the city.


Traffic study to investigate Hills intersection

Photos Courtesy of City Of Los Altos Hills
Two accidents, left and below, at Purissima and Robleda roads are among several collisions that have prompted the Los Altos Hills City Council to conduct a traffic study at the intersection.

The images are dramatic: a sedan flipped on its roof and rammed into the base of a light pole; another vehicle, a white SUV, propped up at a 45-degree angle on the same pole. None of the vehicles’ occupants suffered life-threatening injuries in the two accidents at Purissima and Robleda roads in Los Altos Hills, but neighbors near the intersection believe that’s simply a matter of luck.

“We need to do something before something horrible happens,” said Jill Jensen.


Arborists save Hills home from fire

Photo by Jitze Couperus/special to the town crier
Los Altos Hills County Fire District President George Tyson, left, and Santa Clara County Fire District Chief Ken Kehmna, right, honor arborists Greg Karobkoff and Elio Salas, center, at a ceremony April 1.

Greg Karobkoff was feeding branches into a wood chipper when he noticed an unexpected movement from the corner of his eye. He turned to see two young girls standing in a driveway across Camino Hermoso Drive in Los Altos Hills. They were dressed in pajamas and crying; their house was on fire.

“Automatically, I just turned off the chipper and told the guys to hold on: Something’s wrong,” Karobkoff said.


Council urged to speed up plans for downtown, civic center

A Los Altos group is putting pressure on elected officials to plan for the city’s civic center and downtown – and to begin doing so now.

The Los Altos Community Coalition, an advocacy group comprising organizations and individuals, is urging the city to revise its goals for the year and set aside funding to begin work on a comprehensive plan for the area.


LA Council Briefs

Council schedules office hours

Los Altos residents can connect personally with their city councilmembers during weekly open office hours, when one councilmember is available for two hours to answer questions, receive input and discuss topics of interest to local residents.

The next open office hours are scheduled 4-6 p.m. April 20 at State Farm Insurance, 4546 El Camino Real, Suite B4.


Police Blotter


April 7, 10:38 a.m., El Camino Real and North San Antonio Road: A known transient was panhandling when he allegedly pounded on a vehicle’s window and shouted at the driver that he was going to kill her. He was arrested for criminal threats and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

April 9, 9:03 p.m., Middleton Avenue and Bellwood Court: A 38-year-old man was arrested on a warrant for assault without bail. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.


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