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Driver seriously injured in Hwy. 101 crash

Original post made on Aug 22, 2013

A driver suffered serious injuries when his Toyota 4Runner crashed into a wall along U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto Wednesday night, the California Highway Patrol said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 22, 2013, 9:39 AM

Comments (11)

Posted by Old story reckless behavior: tragic end, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

Reckless behavior often ends in tragedy. How sad. How foolish.

I hope this driver recovers well and learns from his mistake. We all can learn from his mistake. Drive, walk, bike with consideration of other people with whom we share the road and the law.


Posted by Palo Alto Native, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 22, 2013 at 11:10 am

It's beginning to feel like Los Angeles traffic here. 101 is busy at all hours these days. With texting and phone calling rampant, for the amount of cars that drive on 101 each day, it's amazing there aren't more car crashes.

"Old story reckless behavior" should have the alias "curmudgeon". People make mistakes everyday and I'm sure you're not perfect. Live and let live. I hope you don't have children to batter.


Posted by stretch, a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2013 at 11:20 am

I'm just glad, PA Native, that no one else was hurt by the reckless driving (what else could propel someone's car into a wall, I ask?). There are always reasons for accidents, whether it's texting, speeding, drinking - nothing happens without a reason.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 22, 2013 at 11:57 am

I've been avoiding the 101 construction w/out a problem by taking surface roads. It seems that the number of accidents along the construction corridor has increased.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I agree with Hmmmm

101 is very dangerous at present. The construction makes changes very frequently. I do my best to avoid it also. The fact that there haven't been more accidents surprises me due to the confusion.

It does sound as if speed was a factor in this case, but I suspect the construction as a secondary factor.


Posted by Carolanniejoan, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

The section of 101South at the Embarcadero-Oregon on-ramp is a nightmare---and has been for at least a full year. It is the site of frequent accidents with varying degrees of severity. The article says the driver was speeding, but was he 5 mes over the limit of 20. I'm a former resident of LA and veteran of the freeways there, but I've never seen any construction project take as long as this particular section of 101.


Posted by armchair expert, a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Stretch & Old Story -

> what else could propel someone's car into a wall, I ask?

Perhaps the driver had a blowout. Perhaps a piece of refuse flew off another car. Perhaps the driver was confused by the signage and poor lighting in the area.

Please mind your knees with all this jumping to conclusions.


Posted by Stretch, a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Armchair "expert" - the article said that the driver had been speeding, so where's the big jump to a conclusion? Construction zones, well-marked or not, are areas where people should slow down until they are safely by the zone, not sipped up. Common sense.


Posted by Stretch, a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Armchair "expert" - the article said that the driver had been speeding, so where's the big jump to a conclusion? Construction zones, well-marked or not, are areas where people should slow down until they are safely by the zone, not speed up. Common sense.


Posted by EPAMom, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 23, 2013 at 12:05 am

This construction has taken a very long time. They are working near here again, but for months I never saw any work going on.


Posted by boscoli, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 23, 2013 at 6:08 am

The 101 has become our 405, a nightmarish, extremely dangerous, 24/7 busy freeway with endless construction projects. I avoid it at all cost even if I have to find creative and much longer ways of getting to my destination.


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