Two women killed in San Jose hit and run crash

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San Jose police are looking for the male driver of a Mercedes-Benz who fled the scene of a crash that killed two women Monday morning just east of Mineta San Jose International Airport, spokeswoman said.

Police are attempting to find out if the driver of the 2004 silver Mercedes was the registered owner of the car, police Sgt. Heather Randol said.

The driver could be charged with felony hit and run for leaving the scene of the accident that critically injured and killed the two women, Randol said.

The accident happened when the Mercedes broadsided the victims’ car, a 2012 Toyota Yaris compact, at a high rate of speed, Randol said.

The airbags in the Toyota deployed but because the car was hit on the side at such a high speed the bags could not cushion the impact, Randol said.

Police responded at 3:18 a.m. to a 911 call from a person who reported the accident in the area of Skyport Drive and North First Street in a business district a few blocks east of the airport, Randol said.

The impact of the accident sent both cars turning around and so far investigators are not yet certain which direction either car was going, Randol said.

The Toyota was so badly damaged that police at first could verify its make and model, Randol said.

By the time police and emergency responders arrived, the single male occupant of the Mercedes had fled on foot, Randol said.

Both women were still inside the Toyota. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver, who was extricated from the car by firefighters, died later at a hospital, Randol said.

Investigators are reviewing skid marks made by both cars to try and determine what led to the accident, Randol said.

The identities of the victims are not being released until next of kin are notified, Randol said.

Police are going to interview the person who made the emergency call to see if they can obtain a description of the suspect, Randol said.

The driver of the Mercedes was likely injured in the crash, Randol said.

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