The boy who was killed in a tragic multivehicle car wreck on Monday in San Mateo was identified Wednesday as nine-year-old Tyler Fahy.
The accident occurred when a debris-hauling truck ran through a stop sign at 43rd and Olympic Avenues, hitting an SUV in the process. The two vehicles, carried by momentum, spun into the crowded parking lot at a Mollie Stone’s grocery store between 42nd and 43rd avenues on El Camino Real, crashing into at least seven cars before coming to a stop.
Fahy was with his mother in one of the parked vehicles when it was crushed in the accident. Witnesses at the scene said that Fahy’s mom appeared to be pregnant at the time of the crash, although this has not been confirmed by any authorities.
Fahy, a San Mateo resident, died from multiple traumatic injuries, according to the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office.
Three other people were injured in the collision. Two females, aged 30 and 53, were in the Intensive Care Unit at Stanford Medical Center. The third injured person, also a woman, was at the medical center for observation. Authorities would not say if Fahy’s mother was one of the injured women. None of the names of the injured have been released.
Fahy was a student at Laurel Elementary School in San Mateo. Employees at the school directed all calls to the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District office. Calls to the district were not returned on Wednesday.
The San Mateo Police Department is investigating the accident’s cause with the help of the California Highway Patrols. Police on Monday said the runaway truck appeared to suffer a “mechanical malfunction” that prevented it from stopping.
The driver of the truck, who works for Century Roof Tile in Hayward, has been cooperating with police and has not been charged or cited.