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Woman's Burned Body Found This Morning on Highway 9 in Saratoga

A vehicle fire was reported just after midnight and led to the grisly find.

The body of badly burned woman was discovered about 12:23 a.m. Tuesday morning by the California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire officials after they responded to a report of a vehicle that had caught fire on impact on westbound Highway 9 near Heather Heights Road in unincorporated Saratoga.

The deceased driver was found when Cal Fire officials were attending to a car fire and discovered the charred remains inside the vehicle, said CHP spokesman John Darling.

"Everything is still under investigation," Darling said, adding that preliminary reports indicate the vehicle was traveling at a speed too great for the driver to negotiate a turn, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway, where it caught fire as it impacted an object, killing the driver.

The vehicle the woman was driving appears to be a Volkswagen Bug. It was 50 feet off the roadway and 125 feet down the embankment, which made recovery difficult, Darling said.

"At this time we have no identifying items to determine who she was," Darling said. "The car is so badly burned that the plates melted."

Larry Arzie August 07, 2012 at 10:13 PM
This is an awful road. Commuters use it for a short cut when hiway 17 stops up. It is a favorite for bicyclists. We all drive it too fast. We need to keep both hands on the wheel and turn of the music and keep a foot on the breaks.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz August 08, 2012 at 07:35 AM
OMG! Hopefully she's been I D' by now...
Bernard T Harlow August 08, 2012 at 07:48 PM
The victim has been ID's as Micelle Achilli according to the Merc. My heart goes out to the Achilli Family, they have had to bear so much with the loss of Mark in such a tragic way and now this. :(
jill hansen August 08, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Im terribly sorry for this.
Nadine Lucero August 09, 2012 at 06:40 AM
This was a great tragedy! The woman was found to be the mother of a Santa Clara Fire Fighter. Some of his crew was on scene but did not know the identity at the time. Very sad news for the family. Our prayers are with them!

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