Burlingame police are investigating a possible drive-by shooting after a rare homicide left a driver shot and his car overturned into a ditch on U.S. Highway 101 on Sunday night.
Londell Wilson, 25, of San Mateo, was driving his silver 1990 Honda in the northbound lane when he was shot once in the upper torso at 11:24 p.m., said Sgt. Jim Ford.
Wilson’s car then swerved off the road, hit a guardrail and flipped over into a drainage ditch just north of the Broadway exit overpass, Ford said. He did not hit anyone on his way to the ditch.
Wilson, the only one in the car at the time, suffered additional injuries from the crash, Ford said. He was pronounced dead at 12:52 a.m. at San Francisco General Hospital.
Burlingame police said they were investigating the incident as a possible drive-by shooting.
“It looks like he was shot while driving on 101 and then proceeded to lose control of the vehicle and crash on the side of the freeway,” California Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul McCarthy said.
This was the first homicide in the city in the past five years. In October 2002, robbers shot and killed a Wells Fargo bank manager as she tried to close her office door on Burlingame Avenue. In February 2002, a 13-year-old boy was stabbed to death in his home, which had been the first slaying in the city since 1997.
Witnesses talked with detectives Monday but Burlingame police, who are handling the homicide investigation, had no information on a suspect. The CHP is investigating the crash.
The Honda, which was “substantially damaged” during the crash, was towed to the police station and analyzed at a crime lab Monday, Ford said. He added that a memorial would be discouraged because it is such as busy stretch of freeway.
Traffic was not affected because there were so few cars in the area at the time, Cmdr. Mike Matteucci said. He added that drivers who did not see the accident would probably have been unaware of the Honda in the ditch because it was far off from the freeway and in a bushy area.
An autopsy by the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office is scheduled for today.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Burlingame police at (650) 777-4100.