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The pedestrian fatality from the Hwy 101 incident in Novato last week has been identified by the Coroner Division as Daniel Glenn Matis, a 56 year old male resident of San Francisco, CA.  

Following the release of the decedent’s sketch by the Coroner Division to the public and Bay Area law enforcement agencies, a Novato Police Officer recognized the photo as a possible match to a driver’s license photo found in an abandoned Smart Car in the Fireman’s Fund parking lot in Novato on 02/02/2017, and subsequently notified the Coroner Division.

Private security personnel found Mr. Matis’ vehicle, a 2009 Smart Car, crashed into a pole and unattended on East Campus Drive in the Fireman’s Fund parking lot on 02/02/2017 at 1:40am.  The Novato Police Department responded to and investigated the abandoned vehicle, but was unable to locate the driver or any possible occupants. An expired driver’s license with an outdated photo of the registered owner was found in the vehicle. 

CHP officers have subsequently reviewed private security video surveillance captured at the parking lot, and were able to track the vehicle’s movements prior to it colliding with the pole.  The vehicle stopped in front of a light pole, backed up and then accelerated head on into the pole at a high rate of speed.  Due to the lack of ambient lighting in the area, the driver of the vehicle could not be confirmed.  

An autopsy has been scheduled today for this case.  The cause of death will be pended for toxicology results and the conclusion of the CHP investigation.  No further information will be released by the Coroner Division at this time.   

The Coroner Division personnel extends our condolences to Mr. Matis' family and friends.  Again, thank you to the community members who responded to the Coroner Division's request for assistance - Mr. Matis' family is very appreciative.


Darrell Harris
Chief Deputy Coroner