Ben Lomond Man Drowns After Car Crashes into Zayante Creek

CHP investigate fatal crash
California Highway Patrol officers investigate a fatal crash April 7. (Photo by Drew Penner / Press Banner)

A 78-year-old Ben Lomond man died on April 7 after his vehicle went off the road and into Zayante Creek, authorities said.

Don Daily was traveling southbound on Quail Hollow Road in a 2013 Kia Soul around 11am when it careened down a dirt embankment, hit a guy-wire and splashed into the waterway, said California Highway Patrol officer Alyssa Gutierrez.

The vehicle became submerged and suffered significant damage to its front end.

A firefighter directs traffic at the scene of the drowning. (Drew Penner / Press Banner)

Medical personnel pronounced Daily dead at the scene.

No one else was in the vehicle at the time of the crash and the cause is under investigation, according to the CHP.

On Monday, Daniel Robbins, a spokesperson for the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office said Daily’s death has been ruled a drowning.

The 2013 Kia Soul was partially submerged in Zayante Creek, before it was removed. (Drew Penner / Press Banner)

-Last updated April 13, 2022

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Drew Penner is an award-winning Canadian journalist whose reporting has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Good Times Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times, Scotts Valley Press Banner, San Diego Union-Tribune, KCRW and the Vancouver Sun. Please send your Los Gatos and Santa Cruz County news tips to [email protected].


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