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Mountain View crash claims life of Sunnyvale man

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A pick-up sits at rest after colliding with a tree on Middlefield Road. The Oct. 30 crash claimed the life of Sunnyvale resident Benjamin Sanchez, 51.

A Sunnyvale man died Monday morning (Oct. 30) in a single-vehicle traffic crash in Mountain View.

Benjamin Sanchez, 51, died from multiple blunt-force injuries, according to the Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.

Sanchez was driving a pick-up truck westbound on Middlefield Road near Rengstorff Avenue at approximately 10 a.m. when he inexplicably crossed the center median and continued traveling west in the eastbound lanes, according to Mountain View Police Department reports. The pick-up eventually crashed into a tree along the sidewalk and came to a rest.

Emergency responders pronounced Sanchez deceased at the scene, according to police reports.

The crash forced the closure of eastbound Middlefield Road traffic lanes until approximately 5:45 p.m. Monday.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Mountain View Police Department Sgt. Bryan Albarillo at 903-6733.

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