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San Jose Hit and Run Accident Kills Two Women

A San Jose hit and run accident left two women dead, and the driver is still at large. San Jose Police Department seeks the driver of a 2004 silver Mercedes Benz sedan left behind at the corner of North First Street and Skyport Drive. California Highway Patrol noticed the vehicle speeding and weaving on the freeway around 3 a.m., and followed it off the Brokaw Road exit. The vehicle then ran through a red light and made a left turn, but the officers decided against initiating a chase because of the likelihood of pedestrians in the area. Once the light turned green for the officers, they also turned left and saw a car with hazard lights blinking about half a mile ahead.

The CHP officers found the abandoned Mercedes collided with a 2012 Toyota Yaris, which held Carmen Zavala, 63, and Cristina De Leon Castro, 62. De Leon Castro died at the scene, and Zavala died at a nearby hospital. The women were on their way to work at Mineta San Jose International Airport, where they both worked as cooks. The impact was strong enough to deploy the car’s air bags. The Toyota Yaris was so badly damaged that the police had difficulty identifying the make and model of the vehicle. The driver of the Mercedes fled on foot and has not been located.

The women were employed by HSMHost Corporation, a food and retail service provider for airports around the world.

San Jose police are looking for further information from anyone who may have seen the crash or know who drove the Mercedes. The police believe the driver may have been injured because the air bag was deployed. Anyone with information is urged to call (408) 277-4654 or at Information can be provided anonymously.

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