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Two injured in crash following illegal sideshow

Man and woman in hospitalized in ICU, dog euthanized

A car that fled from an illegal sideshow crashed into a tree in the 1900 block of Embarcadero Road on Nov. 26, 2021.

Two people are hospitalized with major injuries after they fled from an illegal sideshow, sideswiped a police patrol car and crashed into a tree near the Palo Alto Baylands early Friday morning, police said.

Shortly after 1 a.m., an officer who was on routine patrol saw an illegal sideshow involving four cars on the eastern section of Embarcadero Road near the Baylands Nature Preserve, police said in a press release.

Additional officers were called to the scene, where they arrived with their lights and sirens on. The sight led the four cars involved in the sideshow to speed away west on Embarcadero Road, according to police.

The driver in one of the fleeing cars, a red 2013 Chevrolet Camaro, hit the left front tire of a police vehicle, which was positioned in preparation for a U-turn. The two cars missed a head-on collision by inches, police said.

The Camaro driver continued traveling west for roughly a quarter-mile, then veered off the road and ran into a tree in the 1900 block of Embarcadero Road. The other fleeing cars continued west at high speeds and left the scene.

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Palo Alto firefighters responded to the area, where they provided aid to the two people in the Camaro. They were transported to a hospital where they were admitted to an intensive care unit.

The driver is an East Palo Alto man in his 20s and the front seat passenger is a woman in her 20s; they were found without their seatbelts on, police said.

A small-breed dog was also found in the vehicle with major injuries. The animal was taken to an emergency veterinarian hospital, where it was euthanized because of its injuries.

Investigators suspect the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He is expected to face criminal charges, including felony evading, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer (for hitting the patrol car), recklessly driving, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and animal neglect.

The crash is under investigation by the Police Department's Special Traffic Accident Reconstruction team.

"Illegal sideshows are inherently dangerous and can be deadly to both participants and spectators," the department said in the press release. "Police strongly discourage this hazardous behavior and will seek criminal charges against anyone found to be participating in them."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

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Two injured in crash following illegal sideshow

Man and woman in hospitalized in ICU, dog euthanized

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Nov 26, 2021, 9:54 am

Two people are hospitalized with major injuries after they fled from an illegal sideshow, sideswiped a police patrol car and crashed into a tree near the Palo Alto Baylands early Friday morning, police said.

Shortly after 1 a.m., an officer who was on routine patrol saw an illegal sideshow involving four cars on the eastern section of Embarcadero Road near the Baylands Nature Preserve, police said in a press release.

Additional officers were called to the scene, where they arrived with their lights and sirens on. The sight led the four cars involved in the sideshow to speed away west on Embarcadero Road, according to police.

The driver in one of the fleeing cars, a red 2013 Chevrolet Camaro, hit the left front tire of a police vehicle, which was positioned in preparation for a U-turn. The two cars missed a head-on collision by inches, police said.

The Camaro driver continued traveling west for roughly a quarter-mile, then veered off the road and ran into a tree in the 1900 block of Embarcadero Road. The other fleeing cars continued west at high speeds and left the scene.

Palo Alto firefighters responded to the area, where they provided aid to the two people in the Camaro. They were transported to a hospital where they were admitted to an intensive care unit.

The driver is an East Palo Alto man in his 20s and the front seat passenger is a woman in her 20s; they were found without their seatbelts on, police said.

A small-breed dog was also found in the vehicle with major injuries. The animal was taken to an emergency veterinarian hospital, where it was euthanized because of its injuries.

Investigators suspect the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He is expected to face criminal charges, including felony evading, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer (for hitting the patrol car), recklessly driving, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and animal neglect.

The crash is under investigation by the Police Department's Special Traffic Accident Reconstruction team.

"Illegal sideshows are inherently dangerous and can be deadly to both participants and spectators," the department said in the press release. "Police strongly discourage this hazardous behavior and will seek criminal charges against anyone found to be participating in them."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

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Richard Fikes
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Nov 26, 2021 at 12:20 pm
Richard Fikes, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Nov 26, 2021 at 12:20 pm

What is an illegal sideshow?


Bystander
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 26, 2021 at 1:01 pm
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Nov 26, 2021 at 1:01 pm

Is this a reminder that we are in the Bay Area and crime is hitting us all. Within a week we have had major looting in downtown store, a daytime car chase on Embarcadero with a Mini Cooper. Now this down at the Baylands.

Palo Alto used to feel like a safe place to live, walk and spend time enjoying our lives. With 3 major issues within several days we are beginning to realise that nowhere is exempt from crime.

Such a sad state of affairs.


Paly02
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Nov 26, 2021 at 3:33 pm
Paly02, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Nov 26, 2021 at 3:33 pm

Thank you for reiterating throughout the article that this is the police's account, that makes my heart very happy.

I can't believe they weren't wearing their seatbelts - their injuries would have been so much less if they had. I wonder how we can stop dangerous behavior without helping it escalate - them trying to flee the police and hurting themselves reminds me of the sad tragedy of that Christmas parade where the man willingly drove into a crowd in order to flee police. I don't have any solutions here, but if there is research on what options we have to avoid creating more damage when someone flees in a car... I would love to hear about it.


Jennifer
Registered user
another community
on Nov 26, 2021 at 4:06 pm
Jennifer, another community
Registered user
on Nov 26, 2021 at 4:06 pm

"I can't believe they weren't wearing their seatbelts - their injuries would have been so much less if they had."

The last thing illegal sideshow participants are concerned about is safety. If they were concerned about safety, they wouldn't be doing sideshows. You have to understand who engages in this illegal activity. It's sad, and frightening. I am surprised that some people have never heard of a sideshow. We would be better off if none of us knew.


Paly02
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Nov 26, 2021 at 4:35 pm
Paly02, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Nov 26, 2021 at 4:35 pm

Hi Jennifer, just looked it up - I thought it was just drag-racing but now I see it involves other stunts. I still think that people who want to do stunts would still choose to take calculated risks. Like, racecar drivers are taking calculated risks and you bet they are wearing seatbelts (and helmets and ... ?) Nothing to stop the sideshow folks from using a seatbelt IMO.


AlexDeLarge
Registered user
Midtown
on Nov 26, 2021 at 5:09 pm
AlexDeLarge, Midtown
Registered user
on Nov 26, 2021 at 5:09 pm
III
Registered user
Midtown
on Nov 26, 2021 at 5:56 pm
III, Midtown
Registered user
on Nov 26, 2021 at 5:56 pm

We were young and stupid in our days.
We did lots of stupid stuff in our days.
But these are idiots. Breaking the law, and
beyond stupid. They are dangerous to themselves
and others. Don't arrest them yet. Let them pay
their own medical bills first. Then arrest them. Don't
use our tax payer money for the fools.
III


Fritzie Blue
Registered user
Stanford
on Nov 27, 2021 at 12:35 am
Fritzie Blue, Stanford
Registered user
on Nov 27, 2021 at 12:35 am

Next time people decide to do this, leave your dogs at home. I weep for this Innocent little victim of stunningly careless behavior.


Mike Bechler
Registered user
Midtown
on Nov 27, 2021 at 7:43 am
Mike Bechler, Midtown
Registered user
on Nov 27, 2021 at 7:43 am

Richard Fikes: Is there any such thing as a legal sideshow?

In case you don't know what a sideshow is, it is where people with performance cars drive or drift their cars in circles using controlled skids that burn rubber off the tires and leave black marks on the roads. There are usually multiple cars and spectators involved. You can see the evidence of multiple sideshows at the intersection of Page Mill and Coyote Hill roads.


Banes
Registered user
Greater Miranda
on Nov 27, 2021 at 8:58 am
Banes , Greater Miranda
Registered user
on Nov 27, 2021 at 8:58 am

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