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Teen driver faces possible murder charges for deadly car collision

Original post made on Nov 18, 2022

Murder charges could be filed against the teenager suspected of causing a Nov. 4 Redwood City collision that killed two Palo Alto natives, if the District Attorney's Office determines that he was drag racing.

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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Nov 18, 2022 at 9:24 pm

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Felony vehicle manslaughter makes sense. Second-degree murder might be overcharging. Most jurors (in any trial) are parents, and it's a crap shoot.


Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Nov 19, 2022 at 11:08 am

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Vehicular manslaughter is not murder. An example that might make it murder is if a person aims for people in cross walk and deliberately runs into them like a recent case in another state. I have viewed several videotapes of this ECR incident and while I would never "blame the victim" in this case, the defense surely will. It will be the only tool where there can be a reduction of charges or reduction in sentencing. A driver making an unprotected left turn, unfortunately, does not have the right of way. Very sad circumstances all around. Many lives destroyed.

The only case I personally know of involving vehicular manslaughter was a co-worker who was driving the car during a Saturday night bar-hopping incident, and drag racing a similar car (or so he said) but they never came forth and no one else witnessed the incident. All three of his passengers were killed instantly when the car hit a tree. The driver survived without injury. He was convicted of 2nd degree vehicular manslaughter. He, being the only survivor and the driver, shouldered all of the responsibility. I guess there's no way to convict Dodge or Jagermeister but both of them heavily factored into the reason why 3 people are dead.

I don't believe most jurors are parents. It's not a requirement. My first tour of jury duty was a capital murder case. I was not only not a parent, I was very much recently added to the "adult" list. Jury pools are a crap shoot, but the voir dire process determines the people who actually sit there to hear the case and render a verdict.


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Nov 19, 2022 at 12:48 pm

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Most jurors ARE parents because most adults are parents, and jurors are adults. Of course it's not a requirement, but statistically - parents outnumber the childless by a long shot. This isn't breaking news.


Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Nov 19, 2022 at 10:42 pm

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@jennifer I would like to know how you gather your statistics. Other than your presumption that any idiot should know juries are made up of mainly parents, is there an actual source?


Posted by Green Gables
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 21, 2022 at 10:55 am

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Dumb teenager will have to live with his irresponsible action


Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 21, 2022 at 7:02 pm

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He was showing off. That's what drag racing is all about...putting lives at risk in the process. He killed the parents of two young children whose lives have been changed forever. Parents, please talk with your kids about this kind of behavior. There is nothing cool about risking the lives of other people. Make this story a dinner table conversation as soon as possible. Make sure that your child also understands that they are not just putting themselves and other people on the road at risk with their actions. They could destroy your whole family because YOU are legally liable for the actions of your minor teen.


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