Posted by Cesar, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on May 18, 2009 at 5:56 pm
Condolences to the family.
To AVHS Dad. Everyone will die.
I hope when I die, that someone doesn't search for evidence that I was responsible for my own passing as if it could have been prevented. "He was a heavy smoker, He didn't take care of himself, he didn't wear a helmet", are insensitive things people say.
She was having fun riding a scooter at 45 years old! What a wonderful women she must have been.
Posted by Al, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 18, 2009 at 11:04 pm
"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee..."
Posted by Compassionate Mom, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on May 19, 2009 at 8:49 am
God rest her soul and may the compassion of family, friends and strangers bring stength to this family. Pray too for the poor fools who do not know any better than to make ugly comments at a time like this.
Posted by concerned, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on May 19, 2009 at 9:01 am
robyn, I knew her & her daughter whom my son has gone to school with for many years. I have been worried about this when I first read about it on Sunday. So far, I don't believe the school has addressed it to the other students. Do you know how her daughter is doing and if there is family nearby that are with her? My heart goes out to them. This was a terrible tragedy, and a wonderful mom indeed she was ...
Posted by raj, a resident of the Ironwood neighborhood, on May 19, 2009 at 9:03 am
My condolences to Donna's family. It is very unfortunate this happened and just to re-iterate what others have said, it is something that happens unexpectedly and that is why it is called an accident. It can happen to anyone of us.
Posted by Another Scooter Mom, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on May 19, 2009 at 9:38 am
I ride a scooter to work every day, and am understandably cautious. Unfortunately, no matter how careful we are, accidents still happen. It breaks my heart to think of how crushed my husband and children would be if anything happened to me. My thoughts and prayers will be with Donna's family and friends, such an unexpected and devastating loss. Is there someone close to the family who knows what they might need? Some meals? Help around the house? Would like to help in some way.
To those who are tempted to be sarcastic or flippant, PLEASE show some compassion - put yourself in this family's shoes and choose your words carefully. You may be able to hide behind anonymity, but you still have to live with your own conscience.
Posted by Franco Longista, a resident of the Foothill Farms neighborhood, on May 19, 2009 at 10:24 am
What a very sad situation. I feel very sorry for her family and loved ones. BUT, its a wake-up call for just how unforgiving it can be to ride biycles, scooters, mopeds, etc., especially on heavily travelled roads.
Posted by AVHS Dad, a resident of the Stoneridge Park neighborhood, on May 19, 2009 at 12:19 pm AVHS Dad is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
If this was a 15 year old kid rather than a 45 year old woman, would the reactions to my questions have been the same? The article said she "veered off the road and crashed into a tree". Nobody other than me wondered why? I often see people riding bikes (motorized or not) without helmets. I see people talking on cell phones while driving all the time. I asked to try to make sense of a senseless death. Believe it or not, my condolences go out to her friends and family.
Posted by No redemption now, a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, on May 19, 2009 at 12:38 pm
AVHS Dad: it’s too late to try and redeem yourself now. When I saw your first comment I was tempted to say something then. Now, anytime I see a post by YOU it will be ignored as you have zero credibility with me now. And I agree with previous posters that you must be an idiot or something akin to that.
Posted by Appalled, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 19, 2009 at 1:20 pm
Cholo and AVHS Dad should both be kicked off this site permanently, please Jeb - take a look at their postings throughout this site and do the right thing - they both are equally appalling and disrespectful to just about anyone and everyone on here....never sticking to the topic and generally disruptive, it's known as internet trolls by some...you will do us all a favor by throwing them out!
as for this headline, very tragic, very tragic indeed - no matter WHAT she was doing!
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on May 19, 2009 at 1:25 pm Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Just sit back and enjoy the raw humanity in these posts and don't take any of it personally (perhaps laugh at it too). It can be a million other stories similar to this one and the comments are all the same. I know you meant no harm in asking your questions. The answers were not in the article.
Posted by You B, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on May 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm
Stacey, you've just put yourself in the same company as the other two. What sad, pitiful lives you all must have. Seriously, do some soul searching and decide if your comments are really relevant to this sad story.
Posted by Janet, a member of the Fairlands Elementary School community, on May 19, 2009 at 2:51 pm
What in the world are some people thinking?? A life was lost how heart breaking for the family and friends. It makes me ill to think some people have no compassion. What a bunch of idiots, to put it mildly.
Posted by JP, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm
The area of the road where the accident happened is beautiful and scenic and I know it's easy for one to get caught up in the beauty and maybe not be as attentative as one should be. It also happens I was there just after the accident happened....and if you saw the attempts to save Donna, you wouldn't ask these terribly hurtful questions. Godspeed to her, her family and friends.
Posted by Scarlet, a resident of the Oak Tree Acres neighborhood, on May 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm
I happen to come across this very sad accident Saturday morning. I send my condolences to Donna's Husband and daughters that she left behind. There were heroic measures taken to try and save her and I will never forget the people that so willingly stopped and performed CPR. It was just an accident on a beautiful Saturday Morning.
Posted by Anja the gal with the big red truck, a member of the Walnut Grove Elementary School community, on May 19, 2009 at 7:55 pm
Donna my friend, you will be missed by everyone who knew you. Donna was the sweetest woman I have ever met. She had a kind word and smile for everyone. She was so happy and loved her daycare. Donna was looking forward to summer and all the wonderful things she planned to do with her girls and her "Kids" from daycare. I will miss our afternoon chats while we waited for school to let out. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Such a devastating loss for us all. Donna, you will forever be in our hearts.
Posted by Father of 2, a resident of the Southeast Pleasanton neighborhood, on May 19, 2009 at 9:34 pm
Donna was the director of a daycare that my children went to for several years. She was a very friendly, kind-hearted woman who cared deeply about the children placed in her trust. She greeted parents with smiles every day and made each child feel her warmth. Moreover, she bent over backwards when my children were in need. My family was extremely fortunate to have crossed paths with her. Her passing is a blow to the Pleasanton community. God bless Donna's husband and family.
Posted by Virtue and restraint, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 19, 2009 at 11:40 pm
"Freedom of speech" - Just because you can say anything you want in this country, doesn't mean you should. Perhaps you haven't learned that basic concept of civility toward one another, particularly when people are grieving.
People that don't like your in-poor-taste comments, aren't always thinned skinned, they are just looking at your insensitivity and insulance and feel embarrassed by you. Your poor parents!
I certainly won't expect a reply since by your own standards I can say whatever I want and you shouldn't care.
Posted by Sherri, a member of the Walnut Grove Elementary School community, on May 19, 2009 at 11:43 pm
Donna was a wonderful person and she will be sorely missed. She was the director of Children's World in Pleasanton where my girls went to pre school. She was passionate, full of life, a mother, wife and a friend. No she wasn't talking on her cell phone and she was wearing a helmet. This is a tragic accident and someone is dead as a result of it. Regardless of freedom of speech, does it really matter what happened to cause her death.
Posted by mary, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on May 20, 2009 at 12:24 am
Thank you to those who've shared insights into who Donna was. When I shared just the briefest of details with my son and husband, they smiled to think that this happy mom was enjoying a jaunt on her scooter on a beautiful day. They, too, enjoy motorized bikes. She will be missed.
Posted by Lucky Guy, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on May 20, 2009 at 7:07 am
I read this article and am saddened that Donna lost her life. My sympathies are with her loved ones. As I read the article on the accident, an ad was staring me in the face and it was advertising the Juanita Haugen Community Character Award. Many of you in this thread deserve the Community Village Idiot Award. This thread is by and large an example of our Community of Pathetic Characters.
Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore, on May 20, 2009 at 12:08 pm
You're right, another wannabe Cholo! Imposter BUSTED! HOORAY!
I agree that this is not the place for fakes to pretend to be mourning the death of anybody. If you're too tight to spend money on a sympathy card then get lost. Post someplace else. This site is for those of us who prefer the high road and intelligent discussion.
Potato head creeps...hahahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahaa...
Posted by John Bain, a resident of another community, on May 20, 2009 at 11:14 pm
This is Donna's Brother and I would like to thank you folks for your condolences. I also would like to please ask everyone here to refrain from bad mouthing anyone for their comments. Jesus can forgive and so can we. It all starts there.
Posted by Friend, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on May 21, 2009 at 10:31 am
Donna was a wonderful woman. While the time I knew her was short, she always welcomed me into her home with wide open arms and remembered my favorite snack after only one meeting. She was so warm and loving and is missed by all who knew her. The world has lost an angel.