Driver in stolen Hyundai dies in fiery San Jose car accident, 2 juveniles hospitalized

- A driver of a stolen silver Hyundai  died early Wednesday morning in San Jose when he lost control of the car, which flipped down an enbankment and caught on fire, police said.

Two juveniles, who were passengers in the car, were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to Officer Gina Tepoorten.

Teeporton said the accident was reported at 1:18 a.m. as a solo vehicle collision at West San Carlos and Bird avenues. 

The driver had been traveling westbound on San Carlos west of Bird when it careened out of control at the overpass that crosses Guadalupe Creek, Teeporten said.  The Hyundai then slid into the eastbound lanes, hit the curb and flipped down the embankment.  

The car caught fire and became engulfed in flames.  

Fire crews got the driver out of the car, but he died later at the hospital.

Store clerk Hamad Martinez heard some of the screams coming from the car. He described them as "traumatizing."

This is San Jose's 15th fatal collision and 16th victim of 2018.

KTVU's Alex Savidge contributed to this report.

 

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