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05/02/94

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Investigators seek witnesses in fatal automobile accident

STANFORD -- A man killed when his speeding car veered off Junipero Serra Boulevard and hit several trees has been identified as James Harold Coombs, 43, of Palo Alto.

The California Highway Patrol office in Redwood City is investigating the accident, which occurred at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. No witnesses to the accident have come forward, which is hampering the investigation, officers said.

Anyone who saw the accident should call the CHP at 369- 6261 and ask for one of the accident investigation officers.

Coombs was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. A coroner's report is pending. There were no signs of slowing or braking at the scene.

The CHP said Coombs' vehicle left northbound Junipero Serra Boulevard near Frenchman's Gate at about 50 miles per hour. The car slammed into and uprooted three eucalyptus trees, each with trunks about eight inches in diameter, and continued another 60 feet before coming to rest.

Coombs was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

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