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A Redwood City teenager was pronounced dead Monday after his car veered off of the road in the 15000 block of Skyline Boulevard in unincorporated San Mateo County, went down an embankment and struck a tree, authorities said today.

At about 12:50 p.m. Monday, a San Mateo County sheriff’s deputy spotted the Toyota Tacoma driven by Blake Bottarini, which wasn’t visible from the road, and reported it to the California Highway Patrol. Bottarini, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP said. Officers said drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been factors in the crash.

Bottarini, a senior at Serra High, had reportedly crashed hours earlier while he was on his way to school.

Officials at Serra High are mourning the passing of Bottarini, who they described as a “kind and caring young man.” In a letter to the school community signed by Principal Barry Thornton and President Lars Lund, officials asked the Serra High community to pray for the Bottarini family, which includes his mother, father and twin brother.

“His family, friends and Serra classmates were very important to him, and he was a very important person in their lives,” the letter said.