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Lawsuit filed against driver who struck young boys

Original post made on Nov 27, 2013

A Menlo Park family has filed a lawsuit against the driver of a car that reportedly jumped a curb and pinned two 6-year-old twin brothers against a wall near Walgreen's on Santa Cruz Avenue.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 11:17 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by Area parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 27, 2013 at 12:04 pm

How awful for everyone. I hope the insurance company for the driver is reasonable and doesn't just put them all through trauma again, but it's not hopeful if the family had to file a suit. (In California, you can't sue the other person's insurance company if they don't pay the policy, you have to sue the other person, who then has to sue their own insurer for bad faith if they end up liable for something they shouldn't have. It's a terrible system with justice delayed and denied no matter what happens.)

All the best to the family of the boys in their recovery. All the best for the elderly man and his family, who have to live with what this man has done to these children.

Seniors, don't wait until this happens to you. Realize you are not immortal and you are likely to be a risk long before you realize it. Mileage adjusted data from the DMV show seniors are as risky as teen drivers, and it gets way worse after age 80. I'm not suggesting seniors don't drive, I'm suggesting they be more purposeful about maintaining their training, skills, and be open to evaluations that may show they are less capable than they think they are. Mental declines are like alcohol - the limitations are usually less obvious to the person experiencing them.

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 27, 2013 at 2:15 pm

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Posted by Sanssouci, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 27, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Who can blame the father for the lawsuit? He now has very large medical bills to pay off, and probably psychiatric bills as well. A ninety-year-old who cannot tell the difference between the brake and the accelerator should not be driving.

Posted by parent, a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 27, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Insurance companies and lawyers are notoriously slow to pay up when the costs are large and a 5 week stay in the hospital has to be horrendously expensive. Hopefully this lawsuit will speed up the payments so that the victim's family is not bankrupted by the medical costs.

Posted by take a stand, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Criminal charges should be filed - at least negligence if not assault with a deadly weapon. This huge, monster vehicle was a weapon up on the sidewalk where it did not belong. My sympathies to the victims.

Posted by Donald, a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 27, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Unfortunately, as the article states, the only charges that can be filed are for driving on a sidewalk. The true recourse for the victims and family will have to be in civil court. The vehicle code allows people driving cars to cause serious injuries and death with essentially no consequences.

Posted by Ted, a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 3, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Edward Nelson has filed his response. He blames the boys due to their negligent behavior. Typical Stanford alum.

Posted by Retired teacher, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Like many Stanford students and alumni, he was probably told all his life that he could do no wrong, and he still clings to that belief!

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