Authorities identify 3 killed in a six vehicle pile-up on Highway 101 in Sunnyvale


South San Francisco resident Tyler Rasay, 28; 24-year-old Paul Dennig of Mountain View, and 53-year-old Nicacio Negrete Gutierrez have now been identified as the deceased victims in the crash northbound Highway 101 in Sunnyvale.

Investigators from the California Highway Patrol are looking for information on a catastrophic multi-vehicle accident that occurred in Sunnyvale on Monday morning and resulted in the deaths of three people.


According to investigators, the driver of a Ford pickup truck that was heading north on Highway 101 struck the median close to Fair Oaks Avenue. That started a chain reaction that involved five additional cars.

“A number of the drivers or passengers exited their cars at that moment. At least three of these vehicles were struck by further northbound automobiles that were unable to escape a collision, according to CHP officer Ross Lee of the San Jose office.


According to investigators, two of the three individuals who died were thrown over the median and hit by approaching traffic. They were thrown into the freeway’s southbound lanes.

We are treating that event separately from the others.


An 18-year-old, a 28-year-old, and a 38-year-old driver together with two other drivers were seriously hurt. At Stanford Medical Center, two of them are receiving treatment.

According to investigators, neither drugs nor alcohol are to blame for either the initial incident or any future collisions.

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