Three young men killed in crash on Skyline Boulevard in San Mateo County


SAN MATEO COUNTY — Three young men were killed on Halloween night when their Hyundai went off Highway 35 and crashed into a tree only south of Bear Gulch Road, as indicated by the California Highway Patrol.

The men were distinguished by the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office as Matthew Edward Eric Cruz, 18, of Redwood City; Andrew Rogelio Gonzales, 18, of Menlo Park; and Ricardo Seneca Torres, 19, of Redwood City.

At around 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, the CHP got a call from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office requesting CHP officers to react to a car accident, which seemed to have happened at some point overnight.

A 2010 Hyundai — which was possessed by Cruz, Gonzalez and Torres — was voyaging south on Skyline Boulevard at an undetermined speed, as indicated by the CHP. For obscure reasons, the Hyundai left the west side of the roadway, slammed into a tree and stopped on its wheels around 50 feet down the embankment.

Torres was recognized as the driver. The majority of the tenants were wearing their safety belts, said CHP Officer Art Montiel.