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Map of Blossom Hill Road with words Please drive carefully - prevent more Blossom Hill Road deaths

We’ve had two recent Blossom Hill Road fatalities on the east side of town in an area where part of the street is in San Jose (north side) and part is in Los Gatos (south side). That seems to be complicating the response by the municipalities and the police, unfortunately.  Today I wrote about the Blossom Hill Road fatalities on our Belwood Of Los Gatos blog. Below is the lead in. Please click on the link at the bottom to read the whole article.

The east Los Gatos community is shaken by the deaths on Blossom Hill Road this year. They were both close together in time and close together in location.

The media isn’t connecting the stories, even though they are only about .15 of a mile apart. One of them was in Los Gatos and the other in San Jose (Blossom Hill Rd is the dividing line). One was a 2 car accident, the other was an auto hitting people in a crosswalk. Both took place in the first quarter of 2023.

The two recent accidents that caused deaths on Blossom Hill Road:

  1. On January 8th, 2023 at 9:52 a.m., a 19 year old Palo Alto man was driving his vehicle from Belgatos Road and turning left onto Blossom Hill Rd when he was struck by another vehicle and killed. The other driver was injured, also. I haven’t been able to find an update (whether the other driver was arrested or what).
  2. On March 26th, a mother, daughter, and dog were legally crossing Blossom Hill Road at Leigh when they were struck by a vehicle driving westbound. The driver did not stop. The mother died, the daughter was injured, and the dog also perished. The driver was identified, in part by the use of Automatic License Plate Reader cameras (discussed in a Belwood Neighborhood Watch meeting recently). That person was arrested and is now behind bars. The name has not been revealed at this point.

I want to add that it seems to be a small miracle that two weeks ago, when we had a multi day power outage, there were no fatalities along this part of Blossom Hill, despite the traffic light being out for days and with no police officer guiding traffic there and no temporary stop signs or orange cones in place. We saw people fly through that intersection as if it didn’t exist.

Please continue reading on the Belwood of Los Gatos website: Deaths on Blossom Hill Road.

Related Reading:

Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing Project – Blossom Hill Road over Highway 17 (2023, this site)
Improved Traffic Safety at Blossom Hill Road & University Avenue in Los Gatos (2010, this site)