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UPDATED: Highway 13 Closed After Fallen Tree, Fatal Accident

The victim has been identified as a U.C. Berkeley freshman from Washington.

Updated 7:10 p.m. Thursday, March 15

Bay City News—A 19-year-old man who was killed Thursday morning in a traffic collision involving a downed tree on state Highway 13 in Oakland was identified as Kevin Almoina Lacanlale by the Alameda County coroner's office.

Lacanlale, a resident of Silverdale, Wash., was a freshman at the University of California at Berkeley.

The tree fell on Highway 13 south of Park Boulevard and a 1996 Toyota driven by the victim struck the tree at about 4:20 a.m., Officer Sam Morgan said.

The car came to rest in the left lane, near the center median, Morgan said. Lacanlale and four passengers who were also in the car got out and were walking around the accident site, Morgan said.

A Ford F-150 then also ran into the tree, and the driver lost control of the truck and struck the Toyota and Lacanlale, who was standing outside the car. Lacanlale was pronounced dead at the scene, Morgan said.

The highway was closed for several hours and southbound traffic diverted at Park Boulevard Thursday morning as crews worked to remove the tree.

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Jim Faison June 01, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Lots of trees that are too old, and very flammable, but the 'green' thinking has convinced the folks that they are 'special' and should not be removed or even trimmed!! The Oakland Fire Department is hamstrung by the 'lawyer' class that will not let the Cities of Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro or Piedmont from enforcing a 'safe clearance of 30' recommended by the National Fire Protection Association as well as CAL FIRE!! All the eucalyptus trees must be removed. Safeco Insurance company was ordering 'brush reports' on homes in the Hills Fire Area for 5+ years afterwards.
Jim Faison June 10, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Most recommend staying in your car with seat belts connected after an accident. Read that just this week. Was his drivers license 'out of state' like his tuition? Maybe CAL can do a class on 'drivers ed' for out of state/country students who have enough money to have their own car, load up a car with other students to 'cruise' around town. The four passengers will regret this day forever.

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