S.S.F. man killed in near head-on crash

Authorities on Thursday were investigating the death of South San Francisco resident Raymond Masaganda, 44, who was killed the night before in a fiery car crash on Westborough Boulevard.

A juvenile, whose name or condition was not being released Thursday, was driving a Mercedes, likely at an excessive speed, west on Westborough near Junipero Serra Boulevard at approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP Sgt. Jason Reardon said the car then jumped a median near the intersection and crashed “pretty much head-on” into the Acura that Masaganda was driving eastbound on Westborough.

Masaganda was declared dead at the scene. Medical examinations to rule out any health conditions that may have contributed to the accident are continuing, according to the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office. Barring those, the teen could face involuntary manslaughter charges, Reardon said.

Masaganda was alone in his car. The driver and two other juveniles, all 17 years old, and a 7-year-old child were taken to San Francisco General Hospital, two of them with major injuries. Reardon was not sure how the four people were connected. Their names and conditions will likely not be released because all are minors, Reardon said.

Westborough Boulevard often sees speeders, particularly in the dark, tree-lined area between Junipero Serra and El Camino Real. In 2003, 17-year-old Marla Miranda was killed on the same stretch of road by a car after her vehicle crossed over the Westborough median.

tramroop@examiner.com

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