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Toyota SUV crashes into house on Park Boulevard

Original post made on Jan 31, 2013

A silver Toyota RAV4 sports utility vehicle smashed through a speed-limit sign this morning, crashed through the hedge and fence of a residence on the corner of Charleston Road and Park Boulevard and drove into the house, fully immersing itself in the building.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 31, 2013, 9:56 AM

Comments (20)

Posted by Enough!, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 31, 2013 at 10:16 am

SLOW DOWN! Many of the houses shown in the pictures have converted the front parts of their houses into living quarters due to the ridiculous rents in Palo Alto. Somebody could have been killed. Grow up and slow down.

Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 31, 2013 at 10:16 am

I heard the commotion this morning. Hope no one was seriously hurt. Would like to read more details from those who saw it as I'm currently miles away at work.

Posted by Paula , a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 31, 2013 at 10:18 am

While driving through the labyrinth...LOL

Posted by speed limit, a resident of South of Midtown
on Jan 31, 2013 at 10:21 am

Crashed into the speed limit sign? Maybe he was trying to get a closer look because he didn't know what the speed limit was?

Posted by moi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2013 at 10:29 am

People need to stop naming their cars "Christine."

Posted by member, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 31, 2013 at 10:34 am

whoever was driving needs to understand the term speed limit! it also shows how cheaply the house was made. it turned to sticks in minutes!

Posted by facts, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 31, 2013 at 10:57 am

Another accident and another rush by some people to vilify drivers. Maybe we should wait for the facts to emerge. Is it possible the driver had some kind of medical emergency??????

Posted by Do something already, a resident of Meadow Park
on Jan 31, 2013 at 11:09 am

Speed anyone??

When is PA police going to beef up traffic rule enforcement? (Speed, red lights, texting, phoning...)? Are they too afraid to stop millionaires?

Posted by Harriet, a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 31, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Needs another Drivers Ed course.

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2013 at 1:13 pm

We're lucky this SUV didn't hit any students going to school. A little earlier and it could have been a disaster.

Posted by Annick Dote Andy, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 31, 2013 at 2:03 pm

What is it about Park it cursed?

Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 31, 2013 at 2:49 pm

@Do something already - Is the Rav 4 the hip new car with millionaires these days?

I guess as you drive through someone's living room, even 1 mph is too fast. However, it seems like speeding is an ancillary issue to the bigger problem of terrible drivers (the brake pedal is the one on the left).

Posted by DC, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 31, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Palo Alto needs money, we have bad drivers, put the police on notice to aggressively cite speeders, red light+stop sign runners, failing to signal-ers, and kill two birds with one stone. Might take about a month to eliminate budget shortfalls? Then a repeat operation in another month or so to mop up the arrogant, and we'd have enough $$ to easily carry us thru the HSR, Calif Ave AND Newell Bridge debacles with money left over. We could also mandate anyone caught offending the same or multiple traffic rules > "X" times/mo or 6mos gets a really big fine...perhaps doubling for the second offense and each time thereafter along with mandatory jail time after, say, 3 offenses? Okay, I exaggerate a bit, but while we can't mandate stupidity or arrogance, we CAN decide to mandate consequences while improving public safety. And extra money into city coffers wouldn't hurt either. Unless the city isn't held accountable for what it DOES with that money, like taking out trees on Calif Ave or okay'ing boondoggles.

Posted by Remove Driver's License, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Its OK everyone, the driver was probably frustrated or angry (Awww)

Posted by MV Resident, a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 31, 2013 at 4:05 pm


It looks like the driver drove against two lanes of opposing traffic (westbound Charleston just past the train tracks), hit the speed limit sign on the southwest corner of the Park/Charleston intersection, then proceeded to hit the hedge and telephone pole guy-wire on the northwestern corner, before plowing into the house.

The driver might have accidentally pressed the accelerator pedal instead of the brakes at some point during this incident.

Hope everyone is safe.

Posted by Brian Q., a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 31, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Don't kid yourself: that was a space ship, not a "RAV4!" What they didn't show was the dude in the space suit being hauled from the wreckage! Life Flight probably shipped him to Area 51 for repeat flight school. It's easy to confuse the gas and the brake in a spaceship too, sadly. We need these aliens off our streets. Maybe higher penalties for DWA would do the trick.

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 1, 2013 at 8:00 am

I met the woman who was driving this car, she lost consciousness while driving. Please do not write heartless comments without knowing what really happened, thanks.

Posted by resident, a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 1, 2013 at 9:06 am

How old was the driver? Any history of medical issues or driving impairment?

Posted by JW, a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 2, 2013 at 8:18 am

Absolutely possible that it was a medical emergency! These things happen to the least suspecting. Terrible accident- happy no one was hurt. This is why insurance exists.

On a lighter note... "Honey, I'm home!"

Posted by Resident, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Feb 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm

As the person who nearly got killed in this incident (I was walking to that room at that time), a little bit of humor would definitely help. :)

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