A party bus crash on California’s Highway 101 killed 36-year-old Sarah Klein who is known on stage as “Sparkly Devil.” Sarah Klein died in the party bus crash that also injured eight out of 18 people on the party bus. The chain reaction crash involved two more cars, reported the San Francisco Chronicle on May 26, 2013.
“One of the two people in the car was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Authorities have not released the name of the 36-year-old woman, but the executive producer of the Bay Area’s Hubba Hubba Revue burlesque troupe identified her as Sarah Klein, known on stage as Sparkly Devil.”
While fighting back tears, Hubba Hubba Revue Executive Producer Jim Sweeney also said about Sarah Klein that “she was probably one of the greatest comedic burlesque performers I’ve ever seen, but she could also transition into classic burlesque (and) become this other glamorous person just by doing it. She was by far one of the most respected and beloved people in our community.”
Besides being an internationally known burlesque performer, Sarah Klein was also a journalist who wrote about the entertainment art form for magazines and alternative weekly newspapers.
Hubba Hubba Revue Executive Producer Jim Sweeney learned about the tragic death of Sarah Klein, aka “Sparkly Devil,” from Sarah Klein’s family and friends.
On Sunday morning at 2:05 a.m., 36-year-old Sarah Klein was riding with her husband, 43-year-old Raul Padilla, in his red Honda coupe traveling in the southbound lanes on Highway 101 in Burlingame near the Broadway exit when their car went out of control.
After the car hit the center divider, it finally came to rest in the two left lanes facing northbound.
A party bus with 18 partygoers was traveling southbound and hit the front of the car resulting in a chain reaction that involved two more cars.
Eight of the 18 people on the party bus were taken to hospitals, two with moderate injuries and six with minor injuries, according to the CHP.
The party bus driver sustained moderate injuries. He refused treatment at the scene but rather chose to go to the hospital on his own.
Sarah Klein’s husband who was the driver of the red Honda coupe that lost control was hospitalized in critical condition according to CHP Patrol Officer Art Montiel.
“His passenger was not wearing a seat belt, Montiel said. Both had been drinking earlier in the evening, but their level of impairment was not immediately clear, the CHP said.”
The party bus crash is still under investigation and no arrests have been made. “The CHP asked for witnesses to the accident to call investigators at (650) 369-6261.”