Man died in crash on San Jose’s Highway 101 identified


Through a GoFundMe website, the identity of the motorist who died in a wrong-way crash on Highway 101 near San Jose last week was revealed. According to what his family posted on GoFundMe, Justin Thomas Malvas, 24, of San Jose, died in the crash on May 24.

The profile says, “Friends and family will feel a great loss in Justin’s life after his demise. Through his genuine presence, his ability to participate in meaningful conversations, his infectious laughter, or his sense of humor, Justin has a special ability to make everyone around him feel appreciated and treasured.

The bereaved family of the victim has raised more than $25,000 to assist with Malvas’s burial costs.

The deadly collision occurred on May 24 around 11:15 a.m. close to the Blossom Hill Road exit of Highway 101. His Honda vehicle struck a large rig truck head-on while it was heading north in the southbound lanes, according to California Highway Patrol investigators.

The large rig leaked about 100 gallons of petroleum onto Highway 101. According to the CHP, the Honda driver was thrown from his vehicle and passed tragically on the spot. Officers from the CHP are looking into what caused the collision.

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