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Crash damages two SUVs, office building

Original post made on Oct 13, 2008

A Land Rover and an Acura SUV collided at High Street and Lytton Avenue in downtown Palo Alto shortly before 1:50 p.m. Monday, sending the Land Rover crashing into an office building on the corner and breaking a window frame and windows of the building.

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Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 13, 2008 at 4:01 pm

A Very Dangerous intersection! The city should consider reversing the direction of the one-way traffic on High Street from University, northbound.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 13, 2008 at 4:17 pm

Why would this be such a dangerous intersection? Visibility is good, speeds should be low. I don't understand blaming this on the city. It looks like driver error to me.

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Posted by Greg K
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 13, 2008 at 5:19 pm

Speed limits in this area are only 25mph. However, the short blocks and lots of driveways and parallel parkers can make it confusing for someone that is not paying full attention. The article doesn't give a cause for the accident, but I do encourage everyone to pay attention when driving in congested areas. Too many people do not.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of University South
on Oct 13, 2008 at 7:34 pm

I don't consider this a particularly dangerous intersection but this is the second accident at this intersection in the last three months. It has nothing to do with the one-way traffic. People drive way to fast down High St and they do not pay attention. I once saw a car almost rear-end a bicyclist at this intersection because they were more interested in making the light and not looking at what was in front of them.

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Posted by Peggy
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 13, 2008 at 7:39 pm

I worked in this office for 4 years. It is a very busy and dangerous intersection. There should be a turning light, because of the heavy traffic flow turning onto High St.

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Posted by comment
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 13, 2008 at 8:16 pm

Not surprised the accidents involved 2 SUVs... SUV drivers seem to feel invincible and entitled to the right of way at all times.

Also, were they on their cell phones maybe? I still see plenty of people chatting away on their cells phones while driving.

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Posted by treehugger
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 14, 2008 at 8:30 am

Does anyone know if a good lawyer has contacted the tree? That poor tree could do nothing but sit there. We should get rid of all the roads and cars in PA.

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Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 14, 2008 at 11:30 am

LOL. Tree the thought.

I agree with Greg about paying attention while driving. (But why the limiter of "when driving in congested areas?")

That wonderful phrase from the 60's "Be Here Now" comes to mind.

Most people seem to be anywhere but "present" when they are driving these days. A few days ago I was driving in the left lane of Channing (another one-way street) and a car in the right lane turned left in front of me as though I didn't exist. Hellooooo!

Every time I am out and about in Palo Alto I witness a minimum of four different risky and illegal actions on the part of fellow drivers.

Fortunately the mindset of "defensive driving" was well ingrained in me when I was young, and therefore I manage to avoid accidents, but it isn't because of the other drivers' care and concern.

These are times of great complexity and they call us to be mindful of our thoughts and actions for the good of all concerned!

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Posted by Jaime
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 14, 2008 at 11:44 am

I think it is a dangerous intersection too, but mostly due to impatient drivers or those not paying attention... I was in a fender bender here because a driver was trying to find parking with her mapquest in hand, changed her mind and pulled into my lane. As we had pulled off to the side of the street to exchange numbers, there was literally ANOTHER accident happened in the SAME intersection less than 2 minutes later.

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 14, 2008 at 12:24 pm

That intersection - Palo Alto has a large number that were incompetently designed in some bizarre fashion or other! - is the tip of the iceberg. Quality of life hereabouts would be greatly enhanced if we could engender in more of the driving population an actual respect for the reasons for stop signs, red lights, turn signals and other people's give-and-take share of the roads. To say nothing of semi-conscious people with a cell phone in their ear. The stresses of dealing with those who are seemingly self-empowered to flaunt these civilized conventions (um, and laws!)is only getting worse.

How about a major, across-town enforcement crackdown on red light runners and stop sign rollers? Drivers going 45-50 on Alma? The police will say that they don't have the resources and that more serious matters are of course a priority. Quality of life is made of many elements, and hassling every day with the frictions and hazards caused by inconsiderate drivers is not a trivial negative. We should enforce community standards; we can all see what we are losing.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 14, 2008 at 2:53 pm

I don't think that intersection is dangerous. But what I've seen A LOT in Palo Alto is drivers (and bicyclists) running red lights and stop signs like nobody's business. Amber light means hit the brakes, not the gas! I've also seen a lot of them blazing down streets with 25 mph speed limits. You gotta go P.R.E.T.T.Y. fast to send an SUV flying to the sidewalk! They should madly increase the fines for running red lights or stop signs.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Don't know this particular intersection, but I hate driving in unfamiliar residential areas of Palo Alto because of the number of stop signs where I don't know if it is a four way stop or a two way stop. This confuses me immensely, and the number of times I stop thinking I am at a four way stop only to find that the other traffic doesn't stop too is really annoying. We should make sure that all stop signs in Palo Alto have signs that say if they are four way or two way stops.

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Posted by paly parent
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 14, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Both pedestrians and cars seem to lose their common sense downtown - the area between Lytton and Hamilton has more jaywalkers, people walking in the crosswalk without looking for cars, cars not looking for pedestrian, red-light runners... On the other hand, people on bikes seem to pay more attention there then the rest of town!

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