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on Jul 5, 2008
The stretch of Page Mill from Foothill Expressway to Arastadero is a full on race track. It's got wide lanes, on camber sweeping turns and only one light. In light traffic, triple digit speeds are easy to reach. It's a wonder more spectacular shunts don't occur.
Even with bike lanes, that section of Page Mill is dangerous because people coming off 280 don't realize they are now in a residential area.
The solution is to REMOVE the sweeping banked merges coming off the freeway and install traffic lights with 90 degree turns at the end of the off-ramps.
Make the cars slow down to 20 MPH or so to complete the turn, and the drivers will get out of the freeway mindset.
Hulkamania's post illustrates how the current design encourages misbehaviour by silly people.
I forgot about the north bound off ramp from 280 to Page Mill East. That baby is a long down hill straight with a great right hand sweeper at the bottom. Stay in the left hand lane until the bottom, late apex the corner by moving into the right lane and back into the left and you lose very little speed. Keeping momentum up will carry you to the top of the hill in at least the high double digit range.
Ahhhh, my misspent youth.
I agree that traffic lights near I-280 would make this section of road much safer. On the other hand, I have no idea how the BMW driver wound up on the wrong side of the center median. Did they lose control? Get really really confused? Start making a left turn, then change their mind? Something is missing in the reporting so far.
Don't forget - the car that crossed the median was travelling westbound so did not just come off the freeway - maybe they were barreling up Page Mill and had a green light at Foothill so were going way too fast - but I'd also like to know how they crossed that big median and ended up hitting an east-bound car head on? Something strange here.
"Something strange here."
See my first post DeeDee. That stretch of road is a race track. My guess is the driver got in over his head. Remember, if every car in the world was lined up bumper to bumper, someone in a BMW would try to pass them all.
Five families will never be the same. In just one second peoples lives were turned up-side-down.Life can be gone that fast.
PA Cyclist -- The traffic nazis did that recently with the El Camino to south-bound 85 entrance ramp. All it did was to throw cars into the median. The curb is heavily carved with the wheels of everyone going over 20 mph.
Unfortunately, that passenger in the BMW that passed away was a good friend of mine. Sad that the driver of the car he was in didn't slow down to avoid cutting into the other lane toward head on traffic.
We will deeply miss you my friend...
I was walking outside at the time, heard the accident and the emergency response afterwards, it was really ominous and scary. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the families of all those involved. I read the BMW driver was still in a coma. Does anyone know what happened to the other driver? I feel so sorry for her, there is a photo of her being put on a stretcher and I really hope she's alright.
I haven't been able to sleep much since, I keep dreaming about it and all I can do is hope everyone that survived will make a full recovery. People can be so careless and stupid, and it's absolutely tragic to see the pain they cause to these people and their families.
A SAD DAY on JULY 3 when a GOOD MAN HAS BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM US.
YES, DAVID GUERRERO. A TRUE FRIEND, A TRUE BUDDY, A TRUE PAL, A TRUE BRO, But most of all a MAN that is beloved by a wife and a daughter and many coworkers and long time FRIENDS that is going to miss a RESPECTED LEADER.
WE MISS YA MAN, however, as we have all talked, your words live with us til our time will come, but until then. WE will honor our words with you to be KIND and HELP EACH OTHER OUT and BE THERE for one another.
On BEHALF of the Milpitas High School NJROTC group and alumnis, WE WILL BE MISSING YOU, my brotha.
Too bad we did not have the chance to all meet up this month for a reunion with you, but it had to take this tragedy of yours to make the reunion happen. So hope we lived up to your leadership and expectations and your kind hearted spirit that we will also be missing.
My boyfriend and I came up on the accident shortly after it happened. We knew someone had died. We have been very much affected by this accident and will be for some time. Knowing that David died and that others suffered major injuries is very sad and tragic. My heart goes out to all the family and friends of those affected in this accident. We went back to the site yesterday and got an eery feeling when we saw things belonging to the passengers and wreckage left from the accident.
We still don't know how it happened and are wanting of course to understand what might have prevented this fatal accident on July 3. Our prayers are with you and your family, David.
Just read of this tragic loss. We come from the same village here in Guam. I even lived shortly in his home in Milpitas. Si Yuus Maase
David, I miss you every day. Even after all this time, I still cant believe you are gone.
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