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Two injured in crash following illegal sideshow

Original post made 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.

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Posted by Richard Fikes
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 26, 2021 at 12:20 pm

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What is an illegal sideshow?

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 26, 2021 at 1:01 pm

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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.

Posted by Paly02
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 26, 2021 at 3:33 pm

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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.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Nov 26, 2021 at 4:06 pm

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"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.

Posted by Paly02
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 26, 2021 at 4:35 pm

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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.

Posted by AlexDeLarge
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 26, 2021 at 5:09 pm

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Posted by III
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 26, 2021 at 5:56 pm

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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.

Posted by Fritzie Blue
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 27, 2021 at 12:35 am

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

Posted by Mike Bechler
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 27, 2021 at 7:43 am

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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.

Posted by Banes
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Nov 27, 2021 at 8:58 am

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