A man was killed when a party van crashed on Highway 280 near Portola Valley on Sunday night, and an injured man found near the wreckage was detained in connection to it, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A converted black Chevrolet Express 3500 traveling north on Highway 280 went off the roadway and struck a tree before stopping at the bottom of an embankment near Alpine Road around 10:50 p.m., CHP Officer Amelia Jack said.
The van overturned in the crash, and a man who was sitting in the front passenger seat was found dead inside the vehicle, she said.
The driver was not found at the scene, Jack said. An injured man was later found near the scene, but it was not clear as of later Monday morning whether he was the driver as he refuses to cooperate in the CHP’s investigation.
"We have not been able to get any information out of him, we don't know if it's because of any medical condition or the fact that he's not being cooperative," said CHP spokesperson Art Montiel.
The injured man was taken to Stanford University Medical Center, according to Jack. He was later detained in connection to the accident for questioning.
Investigators were still investigating what caused the crash -- mainly because they hadn’t figured out who was driving by later Monday morning.
Initial reports indicated that a second vehicle had been involved, but Jack said that was not the case later Monday morning.
The CHP said the party bus, owned and operated by Maximo Limo Party Bus, was not being used for an event at time of the crash and investigators said they believe it was only the driver and the passenger on board.
The CHP said Monday that if the detained man was the driver, he could face charges for the death of the passenger.
The man who died in this accident was reported to be in his mid-to-late 30s and lived in San Francisco, according to CHP.
Traffic was blocked on northbound Highway 280 for hours after the accident. The roadway was completely cleared shortly after 4:30 a.m. Monday.
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