Louis Schaefer Of Mountain View Dies, Metal Object from Caltrans Truck Suspected Cause

Louis Schaefer, 82, of Mountain View was killed on Friday afternoon, September 16, 2016 when he was struck by a metal object in Menlo Park.  Schaefer was driving on North Highway 101 when what appears to be a metal water cap crashed into is windshield and striking him in the neck. His vehicle came to a stop against the center divider and unfortunately, Mr. Schaefer died as a result of the injuries sustained in the collision.  Caltrans has stated that the object may have fallen off of one of its water trucks as it was driving between job sites.  Our thoughts and condolences are with the victim’s friends and family.

It's not yet confirmed but CHP suspects this may have been the projectile that may have been kicked by passing traffic, leading to a crash and death of a man on Highway 101 in Menlo Park.

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The legal team at Kalfayan Merjanian, LLP has the knowledge and experience necessary to investigate all causes of vehicle collisions-including those against governmental entities like Caltrans. Furthermore, legal action against government entities can have shortened time periods to bring a claim. Generally speaking, the time limit to bring a claim for damages against a public entity is six months instead of the traditional two-year statute of limitations period against other responsible actors in tort cases. If you a loved one have been involved in vehicle collision, it is important to contact an experienced attorney who can evaluate all aspects of your potential case and preserve your rights from every responsible party.

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