SAN JOSE -- A woman was killed and another person seriously injured when the Cadillac they were riding in slammed into a traffic-light pole about 4 p.m. Friday at Tasman Drive and North First Street.
The driver was heading west on Tasman when he ran a red light, clipped another vehicle and rammed into the pole, according to San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol. His female passenger died at the scene and the driver, who suffered what Randol called "major injuries" was taken to a local hospital. Police did not disclose the ages or identities of the woman and the driver.
Although the vehicle was severely crumpled against the pole, Randol said it's unclear if it was speeding and it's unknown if alcohol or drugs were involved. The other vehicle that was hit -- a Honda CRV -- suffered a damaged front bumper, but its passengers were not seriously hurt, according to police.
Alvind Gonzales, 52, who arrived at the scene after the accident, said the driver is a 17-year-old boy who is a close friend of Gonzales' 16-year-old son and may have been heading to Gonzales' nearby home, where the driver frequently visits. Gonzales said he's met the woman who was killed and that she also had dropped by his house with the 17-year-old recently, but he didn't know her name.
"This is very devastating," Gonzales said. "I'm just totally shocked."