The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has identified the victim of a fatal traffic collision in Pleasanton Tuesday night as Pleasanton resident Carla Boerman.
Boerman, 61, taught sixth- and eighth-grade English at Pleasanton Middle School, PUSD spokesman Patrick Gannon confirmed Thursday. Pleasanton Middle, like all other PUSD schools, are out on spring break this week.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Carla Boerman and our hearts and thoughts are with Carla's family, friends, and the Pleasanton Middle School students and staff," Gannon said in an email. "We will be providing support and counseling to all staff and students as we deal with this incredible loss."
Boerman died after a Subaru Outback she was a passenger in was involved in a three-car collision near the intersection of Hopyard Road and Owens Drive shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday, Pleasanton police Sgt. Benjamin Sarasua said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found a Toyota Rav 4 had collided with the Subaru Outback, with both cars sustaining major damage. The initial investigation indicates the Toyota was traveling northbound on Hopyard Road when it collided with the Subaru, which was turning onto eastbound Owens Drive from Hopyard, Sarasua said.
A Nissan Versa was also involved and had moderate damage.
Boerman suffered major injuries in the crash. Life-saving measures were attempted on Boerman, and she was transported to Eden Medical Center, where she later died from her injuries, Sarasua said.
The driver of the Subaru sustained major injuries and was transported to John Muir Hospital where he is recovering. An infant who was properly restrained in a car seat sustained minor injuries and was taken to Children's Medical Center, where she was treated and released.
The driver and passenger of the Toyota were transported to Eden Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver was released from the hospital and the passenger is still recovering from her injuries, according to police.
The driver of the Nissan was uninjured and released from the scene.
Pleasanton police did not release the names of anyone involved in the crash.
The intersection of Hopyard Road and Owens Drive was partially closed for a few hours as officers investigated the collision. The crash remains under investigation, Sarasua said, adding all cars involved are being examined for possible mechanical issues. It does not appear drugs or alcohol factored into the collision, and all parties involved are cooperating with the investigation.
Grief counseling will be available at Pleasanton Middle School when classes resume Monday, and support is being offered to Boerman's students over the weekend, Gannon said.
Boerman and her husband raised their two sons in Pleasanton, according to her class website. In a brief introduction, she said she was enjoying being 'Lolli' to a new granddaughter and felt privileged to be a teacher.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.