UPDATE 10:50 a.m. Wednesday: The Santa Clara County Coroner’s office has identified the man who died in a crash in Gilroy over the weekend as 66-year-old Charles Freeman of San Luis Obispo.
Original story: A San Luis Obispo man who may have had a medical condition drove a motor home off the freeway in Gilroy last weekend and died after crashing into a guardrail and then a sedan, authorities said.
The CHP said a 66-year-old man from San Luis Obispo drove his 1987 Mallard off southbound Highway 101 past Monterey Street, near the Carnadero Creek bridge in Gilroy around 11 p.m. on Saturday, while it was raining.
The vehicle left the freeway and hit a metal guardrail, the CHP said. The driver then swerved back onto the road and smacked into a 2003 Toyota Corolla.
The driver of the motor home, who was not wearing his seatbelt, died at the scene and had not been identified by coroner’s officials as of Tuesday because they were still trying to notify relatives.
While the cause is under investigation, the CHP says a prior medical condition may have played a part in his death.
“It didn’t look like the impact of the crash was that bad,” said Officer Jaime Rios, a CHP spokesman. “He might have had some medical condition.”
The 43-year-old Salinas woman driving the Corolla was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. Two passengers in the Corolla, men aged 21 and 37 from Salinas, were uninjured.