Woman dies after car crash injury

CHP: Three-vehicle collision caused by 16-year-old Danville boy

Margarita Ghavami, a 68-year-old Pleasanton resident, died April 10 after being injured in a three-car collision April 5 in San Ramon.

California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Creel said Ghavami was a passenger in the rear driver's side of a 2001 BMW that was struck when a 16-year-old Danville boy allegedly lost control of a 2009 Ford Mustang turning right on a two-lane country road in San Ramon near Windemere Parkway. The Mustang then crossed the double-yellow line and hit the BMW as well as a 1997 Ford Expedition.

Ghavami was said to have fallen out of the car and was not wearing a seat belt, according to Creel. She was transported to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley where she reportedly died of head trauma.

Investigators said drugs and alcohol were not involved in the crash, but Creel said the death has caused them to reopen the investigation, which may lead to charges for the driver of the Mustang.

Passengers in the BMW and Expedition were taken to Eden, Highland Hospital in Oakland and ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton for complaints of pain. The Mustang's driver, as well as a 15-year-old passenger, were transported by helicopter to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.


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Posted by DU
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 24, 2009 at 11:35 am

Very sad. A 16yo shouldn't be behind the wheel of a Mustang, and it's illegal to have a 15yo passenger when that young. The insurance statistics bear this out. It was a tragedy waiting to happen.

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Posted by A Pleasanton Friend
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 24, 2009 at 12:11 pm

To the family of Margarita Ghavami,

I am so sorry for your loss and I will pray for your family.

A Pleasanton Friend

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Amador Estates
on Apr 24, 2009 at 12:52 pm


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 25, 2009 at 10:08 am

My condolences to the Ghavami family.

Who on earth gave that 16 year old a 2009 Mustang?

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Posted by Cait
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 27, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Take a look in the Amador and Foothill parking lots. Every other 16 yr old has a brand new mustang or similar car. This is a terrible tragedy and I hope the peers of these kids realize just because they have a fast car, doesn't mean they can handle the power. Stay on the road and drive safely.

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Posted by Sad
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Just a few short weeks ago, our kids at Amador took part in Every 15 Minutes and I watched from the side of the street. I was so moved by how real it was and I think it definitely gave the students perspective on what a car crashing could do, even though it was specifically about DUI.

This boy was from Danville, and the article said, "Investigators said drugs and alcohol were not involved in the crash". I wonder if Danville participates in this program.

I think we as parents need to look at why we are giving children vehicles that not only could change our own child's life, but could forever alter another's family like this poor Pleasanton woman's. You can buy terrific vehicles for children that look very nice if you have that kind of money and want to spend it on them for any reason, but perhaps limit the engine size. I see no reason why a child needs a vehicle that is a V-8. If they are doing the majority of driving in-town, then they do not need a vehicle with that engine capacity. I think we need to really check out our own reasons for why we feel our children need such a car.

This is such a difficult thread to make political statements. I pray for peace for this woman's poor family.

Hug your loved ones a little tighter.

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