UPDATE: Novato Man Killed When His SUV Jumps 101 Center Divider, Hits Oncoming Traffic

Four people from Windsor were injured, according to authorities.

A 64-year-old Novato man was killed after a northbound vehicle flipped over the center divider of Highway 101 in San Rafael and into the southbound lanes, according to San Rafael Fire Chief Chris Gray.

The man was behind the wheel of a red 1991 Toyota 4Runner with a camper shell when he apparently lost control at 3:10 p.m. and the SUV flipped in the air for an unknown reason, the California Highway Patrol said. The vehicle went over the center divider just north of the downtown San Rafael exit and into busy southbound traffic, where the vehicle struck an oncoming Honda Pilot, authorities said.

A Sig alert was issued at 3:41 p.m. and traffic backed up in both directions, according to the CHP report.

The driver, along with the four people from Windsor in the other car were transported to Marin General Hospital, Gray said.

Two were considered "limited trauma" and the last two had minor to moderate injuries, Gray said.

The Honda driver, 46-year-old Waleed Abdel Mageed, of Windsor, suffered moderate injuries, as did an 11-year-old boy. A 30-year-old woman and a 6-year-old girl suffered minor injuries.

The Toyota 4Runner driver was declared dead at the hospital.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation, but driver intoxication does not appear to be a factor, CHP Sgt. Shirley Lawson said. The crash initially blocked two lanes of southbound 101.

Saturday night, three of the four southbound lanes were cordoned off as the CHP investigated the crash site. Southbound traffic was solid beyond Manuel T. Freitas Parkway in Terra Linda. All lanes were reopened at about 11:15 p.m.

"Please take extra care on the roadway with storm conditions and holiday traffic," Gray said. "We want you to arrive at your destination safely."

A total of 16 firefighters and paramedics, under the command of Battalion Chief Jim Lydon, responded to the crash site. 

— Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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Waleed December 25, 2012 at 01:07 AM
I am the driver of the Honda Pilot. I was going South Bound on the carpool lane. The last thing I remember before impact was the red SUV flying in the air coming towards me. My condolences to the other driver's family and friends. My thanks and gratitude to the GOOD people who stopped and helped us right after the accident. I also thank the great first responders’ who came to our aid and took to Marin General Hospital. There, we were taken care off by the most kind and professional medical staff.
Brent Ainsworth December 25, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Thank you for contributing this, Waleed. That means a lot.
Waleed December 26, 2012 at 01:40 AM
The problem is the divider on the NB side of the highway. It's more of a ramp than a divider. This explains how the red Toyota flew over the divider and landed on the SB side. Caltran need to fix this dangerous divide ASAP before more lives are lost. I uploaded a screenshot from Google Maps of that section to this story.
David Randolph December 26, 2012 at 08:19 PM
A simple elimination of the dirt on the northbound side of the k-barrier would eliminate the "ramp" currently there that launched the SUV into the southbound lanes. Get with it Cal-Trans, because it could happen again.
G. G January 03, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Gram, I happen to know for a fact that the person that was driving the SUV did indeed have a heart attack! Before you go running your mouth off, STOP, consider the different possibilities, because a human being did LOSE THEIR LIFE!!! and if you can't find it in your heart to say anything nice, don't say anything at all!!


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