Posted by saleha, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Nov 28, 2009 at 6:57 pm
Its a shame he died because of drinking. Really sad, he was young though so we often think of ourselves as invinsible. It's also good no one else was killed or seriously injured.
To the other guy, and anyone else out there who might think its okay to drink and drive, you can be the safest driver and let's say you only have 2 drinks which can still put you over the limit - someone rear ends you at a light - guess what, you're busted for DUI. It would be cheaper in the long run to take a couple weeks in Hawaii when all the costs are added up and fines are paid. At least take a taxi, much much better for all of us.
Posted by TH, a resident of Woodside, on Nov 29, 2009 at 12:22 am
I was the first person on the scene as I heard the accident from my home. It is not the first time I have heard an accident there and I grabbed a first aid kit and flash lights; I knew it would be rough but not that rough. I had my wife call 911 so they could get a fix on the address. His brother had been driving behind him and drove into the scene but seemed to understandably be in shock. I wish there was more that could be done, but I wonder if speed bumps or signs would have affected this --- he seemed to have been going over double the speed limit on a slippery road with unbanked curves. My hear sank when we knew for sure he had not made it, and I prayed for him and his family.
Posted by Menlo Park Resident, a resident of Menlo Park, on Nov 29, 2009 at 10:53 pm
Driving drunk is indeed selfish, stupid, dangerous, etc. but now is a time to reflect on the life of an individual who died too soon- not to point fingers. I hope that your thoughts and prayers go out to this individual and his family, from what I have heard he was a great kid.
Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Menlo Park, on Nov 29, 2009 at 11:36 pm
He was indeed quite intoxicated the morning of the incident. He had been celebrating a friends birthday and was partying in downtown Palo Alto until last call at 2 AM Saturday morning. Ryan had more than his share of problems, but that doesn't make this any less of a tragedy. The accident happened very close to his home, I shutter to think what his immediate family is going through, especially considering how tough it has been on his friends, myself included.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Nov 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm
Actually, I don't need to be told what to reflect on. I am making judgements, and as according to the accurate info I have, I stand by what I said, mainly that I am glad he didn't take anyone with him, as enough innocent lives are lost when a drunk is driving.
Posted by Buzz, a resident of the Leland Manor/Garland Drive neighborhood, on Nov 30, 2009 at 2:55 pm
Some friends he was partying with! They let him drive off, knowing he had way too much to drink. Let's pray for the diver, his family in their grief, and that their friends will be much smarter next time - perhaps someone at these parties should be designated to keep ALL the car keys and give them out only when drivers appear sober enough to drive without endangering themselves or others. Perhaps these young people need to plan overnights at nearby homes, where they can walk over, sleep it off and drive home in the cool light of dawn - and get home alive.
Posted by cathy, a resident of Stanford, on Nov 30, 2009 at 9:22 pm
This is so so sad for the Ferrari family. Instead of pointing fingers, pray for this boy and his family. It is so important for people to be educated about the horrors of drunk driving. The worse time for people to be out is in the middle of the night especially when the bars are letting out. Parents, please tell your kids that it is not worth having that one or two drinks and then drive. Their life might be at stake and also the life of others. This is suicide.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Dec 1, 2009 at 11:14 am
Cynthia - I agree. As one who grew up w/privilege, I see this attitude way too often - sympahty towards those who are like us, and a distinct lack of sympathy for those who are different. Ryan's actions on the road were dangerous, and it's mere luck other people were not seriously injured or killed.
I also don't like being told to pray for someone/something. There are many good people who don't pray. If I pray for someone, that is my choice.
What happened is awful, and all too common. My view stands that I am relieved he didn't take anyone with him.
Posted by Menlo Park Resident, a resident of Menlo Park, on Dec 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm
[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] It is your choice whether or not you will "pray" for this kid, but to not sympathize is another thing entirely. I disagree that no one grieved for the drug dealer and don't want to start a debate on this forum, but Ryan was an educated kid who made one bad decision- a drug dealer makes bad decisions on a daily basis and has committed to putting their life in danger, it is different. Regardless- I am yet again saddened by this tragedy and giving all my thoughts to this poor family
Posted by an engineer, a resident of Atherton, on Dec 2, 2009 at 3:10 pm
Ferrari (auto) now have a reason to come out with anti-drunk-system or a sensor; where it can detect alcohol level of drivers' breath. The car then shut off or won't start, when the sensor detects alcohol volume in the cargo/passenger/driver.
Posted by this is an incorrect story, a resident of Woodside, on Nov 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm
Ryan was speeding in excess and hit two small trees while returning home. The drunk driver was coming down the hill and did not put on their brakes because they were smashed. The car coming down the hill by Matsurra was ultimately responsible for Ryan's death. The two small trees certainly did not kill Ryan. The car bounced back into the street after hitting the trees. The driver coming down the hill not yielding to the accident and due to his drunkenness and late braking collided with the vehicle flipping it twice extremely quickly. There was plenty of time for a sober driver to stop the vehicle. Ryan was most likely about to get out of the car when the oncoming vehicle smashed into him. It was the grim reaper coming to take Ryan's life. The drunk driver that hit Ryan literally got away with just a DUI and should have been charged with manslaughter. The Ferrari's did not want to press charges or anything because what can be done, the damage has already been done.