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The body of a man who crashed and abandoned his vehicle on Christmas night near Sunnyvale was located after his family searched the area Wednesday morning, authorities said.
Dispatchers received reports of a vehicle on fire at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the northbound lanes of Highway 85 just north of Fremont Avenue, said Officer Dave Morey, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.
Officers arrived and found a silver Toyota Rav4 that had crashed into the concrete median. CHP officers from Redwood City and San Jose, as well as the Mountain View Fire Department, searched but didn’t find a victim, Morey said.
The next morning, the victim’s family members went to the area of the crash to look for him. Morey said he doesn’t know how the family was notified of the crash. They called 911 after finding the man’s body.
The victim had extricated himself from the vehicle and walked across the southbound lanes of the highway and up an embankment, according to CHP.
“That’s where he died,” Morey said.
The family of the victim requested that his name not be released.
The crash remains under investigation.
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