Jefferson Ropero Dies in South San Jose Crash at Fruitdale and Leigh Avenues
South San Jose, California (May 21, 2023) – 26-year- Jefferson Smith Martinez Ropero was killed, and three others were hospitalized after a collision at an intersection in South San Jose Sunday afternoon.
According to the San Jose Police Department, the fatal crash happened around 1:30 p.m. in Fruitdale and Leigh Avenues.
A Prius and a white car were involved in the accident, but how the crash occurred was not immediately established.
One of the cars was fully engulfed with fire.
Ropero, the driver of one of the cars, was declared deceased at the crash site.
The other driver and a female passenger were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. A juvenile passenger was also rushed to a hospital with major but non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities shut down several streets and asked the public to use alternative routes as they investigated the scene.
More details about the crash were not provided.
An investigation is ongoing.
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