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on Sep 3, 2012
I drove through that area within 10 mins of the accident from happening..
10 minutes before, I presume. Was the sun in your eyes? Actually it's a month or two later in the year before the sun lines up perfectly with that stretch of Middlefield at that hour. Condolences to the driver's family.
Traffic was block in both directions for a long time. It was closed when I went past at 10:30 and at 11:30 when I attempted to drive that section again it was still closed.
Investigation does take a lot of time. Look at 680 this morning! Yikes!
I was driving down that road 45 minutes before the accident, and it was overcast. Sun was not a factor.
Thanks Gabe. I was initially remembering the morning tragedy on eastbound Bay Road in EPA about 11 months ago when the sun did factor in. That season is approaching, so hope all drivers are extra careful when the sun is low, and keep those windshields clean. It also behooves pedestrians and cyclists to realize when drivers are likely to be blinded.
Middlefield is much closer to northwest-southeast than either east-west or north-south. To newcomers I explain Palo Alto general usage as anything toward San Francisco is north, toward San Jose is south, toward the bay is east, toward the coast is west. We're all just a fair amount slanted here.
You're right, musical. When the morning sun shines into my back windows I logically know that it's East, but my Palo Alto mind says that it's South toward San Jose.
My thoughts and prayers to the Jefferson Family.
Unbelievable. A man has died and people want to debate the direction of the streets, the sun, etc. Really, people, have you totally lost perspective on the essential information shared in this article? A family has lost their father, their grandfather. Friends have lost a good friend. My heart goes out to his family during this difficult time of loss. May you be comforted by wonderful memories and the love and support of those around you.
I cannot agree more whole-heartedly with neighbor's comment. I can only think some people get cynical satisfaction out of trolling and posting bizzare, inappropriate comments instead of responding with a modicum of empathy, understanding or decency.
To the Jeeferson family, please know that there really is a caring community that shares your grief and is not reflective of the insensitive posts above that are simply designed to provoke responses of outrage. Please ignore those and hold onto the dear memories of your grandfather, father, family member and friend.
I was sincere in offering my condolences in my original comment before the driver was identified or any mention of suffering a medical emergency. The best outcome from any tragedy is to learn to prevent the next one. Many threads on PA Online are discussions of driving, traffic, and dangers to school children in the morning. So it's not really "unbelievable" that, in the absence of further information, there would be some discussion here of auto accident causes. Now that the driver has been identified, the sadness is brought home and you will see more extension of sympathy and remembrance.
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