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Coroner Identifies Man Killed in La Honda Crash

The accident was reported at 11:22 a.m. on Thursday.

The San Mateo County coroner's office has identified a Newark man who died in a crash near La Honda while working for a local open space district late this morning.

Luis Audelo-Partida, 26, was killed in a crash reported at 11:22 a.m. in the vicinity of Alpine and Mindego Hill roads, in a rural area of San Mateo County near the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve.

The vehicle involved apparently was being driven in an area without a paved road and somehow went out of control and tumbled into a canyon, according to the CHP.

The CHP reported earlier today that three people had died, but CHP Sgt. Matt Otterby said this afternoon there is only one confirmed fatality.

Two other people suffered major injuries and were airlifted to hospitals, Otterby said.

Three people suffered minor injuries and one person was uninjured, CHP Officer Kevin Bartlett said.

Rescue crews had trouble reaching the crash site, which is only accessible by foot and horseback, he said.

Three medical helicopters were dispatched to the area, he said.

Audelo-Partida was driving with other contractors who were out spraying non-native plants for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, district spokesman Gordon Baillie said.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, the San Mateo County Fire Department and other agencies responded to the crash.

- Bay City News

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