Motorcyclist killed on Highway 101 near Whipple Avenue

From staff and wire reports

A 37-year-old Hayward man has been identified as the victim of a fatal collision on Highway 101 in Redwood City early this morning (Jan. 29), according to the San Mateo County coroner’s office.

The CHP said it appears the motorcyclist, Edwin Sandoval, was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Sandoval was driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle going north on Highway 101 south of Whipple Avenue when he crashed into the right rear of a GMC van as a result of speeding between the middle and second to the right-hand lanes just before 1:45 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Art Montiel.

The impact pushed Sandoval’s motorcycle into the second lane from the right, at which point it collided with a Honda, Montiel said.

When the Harley and Honda collided, Sandoval was ejected from the motorcycle and was consequently hit by a Toyota traveling in the middle lane.

Montiel said Sandoval was pushed by momentum all the way into the farthest left lane of northbound Highway 101.

Responding officers were called at 1:48 a.m. and performed CPR on Sandoval upon arrival until fire officials could arrive, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

An on-scene investigation closed all lanes of northbound Highway 101 for an hour, Montiel said.

Montiel said that all lanes were reopened by 5:21 a.m. in time for commute traffic.

The CHP is investigating the case, and Montiel said that it does appear that impairment may have been a factor in the collision.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information about it should call CHP Officer Daniel Scott at (650) 369-6261.