After eluding police who tried to pull him over for speeding, a 22-year-old
Los Altos man died Thursday when his car crashed into a telephone pole in Santa
Clara, authorities said.
The driver was identified as Taylor Scott Anderson.
Anderson was driving a blue 2004 Subaru WRX STi northbound on Monroe Street when
the car crossed the opposing lanes of traffic at about 1:20 a.m., according to
Santa Clara police.
His car then reportedly drifted off the road and slammed into a telephone
pole near Machado Street, nearly cutting the car in half and narrowly missing a
Anderson was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he died about
two hours later.
Earlier Thursday, Anderson's car was seen by a police sergeant going more
than 70 mph on Lawrence Expressway.
When the officer attempted to pull the Subaru over for speeding, the driver
refused to stop and sped away, police said. Because of the danger involved and
the Subaru's excessive speed, the sergeant abandoned the pursuit.
Later, however, another officer saw the Subaru near Bowers Avenue, but the
driver eluded him as well, authorities said. Officers were still searching the
area for the Subaru when the crash occurred.
Anyone with information is asked to call traffic investigator Robert Dixon,
at (408) 615-4763.