Victims in Menlo Park double fatality are identified

Alcohol and speed appear to have played roles in a car crash that left two people dead off of U.S. 101 in Menlo Park early Saturday morning (April 26), according to the California Highway Patrol.

The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has identified the victims as Gaudi Salgado Barrios, 26, of East Palo Alto, and Taufa Toutai Pupunu, 27, of Redwood City.

The crash was reported at 1:42 a.m. on southbound U.S. 101 near the Willow Road off-ramp, the CHP said.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the car, a Toyota sedan, was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate the off-ramp's right turn, Officer Art Montiel said.

The car struck a tree, which launched it into the air and into another tree, the CHP said.

Ms. Salgado Barrios, the driver, and Mr. Pupunu were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Willow Road off-ramp was closed until about 3:30 a.m. while the CHP investigated the crash.

The preliminary investigation indicates that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, according to the CHP.

Investigators continue to probe the circumstances surrounding the crash. Witnesses are asked to call Officer Vincent Pompliano at (650) 369-6261.

— Almanac staff and Bay City News


Posted by Steve, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 28, 2014 at 12:59 pm

So sad that two lives should be cut short like this. I can't imagine what their families are going through.

Posted by Disappointing, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm

As sad as it may be, incidences like these are never a surprise. The driver should not have been driving under the influence.

Posted by SteveC, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

alcohol, speed= death. What's new about this? Can't imagine what the family is going through either. Sad yes, surprise no

Posted by Tom, a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Apr 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm

[Portion removed.] Statistics do not lie...drinking and driving,late at night,etc....equals a bad ending! I'm just glad that the didn't injure or kill some innocent pedestrian or other motorist!! [portion removed.]

Posted by Unknown, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm

How sad

Posted by PanchoLoco, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 15, 2014 at 2:56 pm

RIP Gaudi. I met you in Michoacan, even though you were from Centro America. Que mala onda homegirl. Now the daughter that you have will never be able to meet her mother when she grows up. Rest In Peace, de parte del Pancho Loco y su primo El Rayas de Apatzingan.

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