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First fatal car crash of 2013 in Los Altos Hills

Early Monday evening (April 8) a Los Altos Hills resident walking her dog discovered a vehicle lodged in Matadero Creek and dialed 911. When authorities arrived, they found the driver deceased, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver, identified as Benjamin Tobin, 28, of Palo Alto, apparently drove off Page Mill Road, between Interstate 280 and Paseo Del Roble Drive, and crashed into the creek. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office is investigating the cause of death.

Although Capt. Ken Binder of the sheriff’s office said that the accident is under investigation, he noted that no other vehicle is believed to be involved. There are no sharp curves or steep declines on that stretch of the road.

This is the first fatal vehicle accident of the year in Los Altos Hills, according to Binder, and there were none last year.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call the sheriff's office at (408) 868-6600.

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