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San Ramon woman killed in Wednesday crash was longtime teacher and mother

Police investigating whether truck ran red light before striking victim's vehicle

A longtime physical education teacher who lived in San Ramon died in a three-car crash at the intersection of Crow Canyon and Bollinger Canyon roads on Wednesday afternoon when her car was struck by a truck that police say appeared to have run a red light.

Susan Guinee taught PE for students with special needs at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo. (Photo courtesy of Arroyo website)

The victim was identified by the Contra Costa County Sheriff Coroner's Division as 56-year-old Susan Guinee. She worked in the San Lorenzo Unified School District for more than three decades, most recently teaching adapted and modified PE for students with special needs at Arroyo High School.

"During her 31-year teaching career in San Lorenzo Unified, she impacted many students. Please keep Ms. Guinee’s family in your thoughts and prayers," Superintendent Daryl Camp said. "The San Lorenzo Unified School District family is extremely saddened by this loss. Support has been and will continue to be available for both students and staff during this difficult time period."

According to San Ramon police Capt. Cary Goldberg, while the crash is still under investigation, it appears that the truck struck Guinee's vehicle at approximately 12:15 p.m. after running a red light while traveling eastbound on Crow Canyon Road.

The lone occupant of her vehicle, Guinee had been attempting to turn westbound on Crow Canyon Road from Bollinger Canyon Road when she was struck, according to police.

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Police officials added that three other involved people were either transported to the hospital by ambulance or treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck has not been identified publicly.

The crash caused a closure of the intersection for approximately four hours on Wednesday.

In the wake of Guinee's death, San Ramon resident David Lawrence has organized a GoFundMe page to raise money to support her family. More than $16,000 in donations had been collected as of mid-afternoon Friday.

The GoFundMe said that Guinee is survived by her son Devin and her live-in mother. The organizer hopes the fundraising page will help provide the family with money for food, rent and funeral expenses during this time.

"Devin and his family have made a massive impact in this community, and they need and deserve help now. Please consider donating whatever you can as soon as you can -- the expenses are real and they're immediate. But also keep the Guinee family in your thoughts and prayers beyond the next few days and weeks. The support they need will be ongoing, and I can't think of a more worthy cause," the GoFundMe page said.

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San Ramon woman killed in Wednesday crash was longtime teacher and mother

Police investigating whether truck ran red light before striking victim's vehicle

by Ryan J. Degan / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Fri, May 7, 2021, 2:27 pm
Updated: Sun, May 9, 2021, 6:07 pm

A longtime physical education teacher who lived in San Ramon died in a three-car crash at the intersection of Crow Canyon and Bollinger Canyon roads on Wednesday afternoon when her car was struck by a truck that police say appeared to have run a red light.

The victim was identified by the Contra Costa County Sheriff Coroner's Division as 56-year-old Susan Guinee. She worked in the San Lorenzo Unified School District for more than three decades, most recently teaching adapted and modified PE for students with special needs at Arroyo High School.

"During her 31-year teaching career in San Lorenzo Unified, she impacted many students. Please keep Ms. Guinee’s family in your thoughts and prayers," Superintendent Daryl Camp said. "The San Lorenzo Unified School District family is extremely saddened by this loss. Support has been and will continue to be available for both students and staff during this difficult time period."

According to San Ramon police Capt. Cary Goldberg, while the crash is still under investigation, it appears that the truck struck Guinee's vehicle at approximately 12:15 p.m. after running a red light while traveling eastbound on Crow Canyon Road.

The lone occupant of her vehicle, Guinee had been attempting to turn westbound on Crow Canyon Road from Bollinger Canyon Road when she was struck, according to police.

Police officials added that three other involved people were either transported to the hospital by ambulance or treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck has not been identified publicly.

The crash caused a closure of the intersection for approximately four hours on Wednesday.

In the wake of Guinee's death, San Ramon resident David Lawrence has organized a GoFundMe page to raise money to support her family. More than $16,000 in donations had been collected as of mid-afternoon Friday.

The GoFundMe said that Guinee is survived by her son Devin and her live-in mother. The organizer hopes the fundraising page will help provide the family with money for food, rent and funeral expenses during this time.

"Devin and his family have made a massive impact in this community, and they need and deserve help now. Please consider donating whatever you can as soon as you can -- the expenses are real and they're immediate. But also keep the Guinee family in your thoughts and prayers beyond the next few days and weeks. The support they need will be ongoing, and I can't think of a more worthy cause," the GoFundMe page said.

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RODGER
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San Ramon
on May 8, 2021 at 5:31 pm
RODGER , San Ramon
Registered user
on May 8, 2021 at 5:31 pm

This intersection is a minute from our home. Be prepared folks! Crow Canyon is now a parking lot and now people somehow feel if they run that light it's going to get them where? Allow them sit in traffic even faster. People now go into the right turn only lane and then go straight into the backed up traffic right in front of them. As the insane over building continues and thousands of people cutting through to the freeway its going to become common place. Yes, death at that intersection. We see near misses and people coming down out of the canyon at speeds of 60 + mph. Then equally insane people going into the canyon. My wife and I have been saying it for years....It's going to become common place for T-bones and other horrific types of crashes right there.
Run a red light at 60-70 mph to go sit in more traffic. The last bad one was when a Ford explorer was broadsided right there.
It ended up across Crow Canyon on its roof. Smashed to pieces. Severe injuries were reported.
People now speed and tailgate right in front of the police station. Or, they try to pass you as you turn left on Fountainhead dr. A kid tried that stunt on mea year ago or less. He realized it's not a good idea to pass someone on the right when the road narrows. He was just a few feet from taking off the right side of our brand new Highlander...He was perfect example of how people drive now..... Insane,texting,tailgating, run reds and sit texting at the green....Madness, pure madness...


Jeremy Walsh, editor
Registered user
another community
on May 25, 2021 at 9:03 am
Jeremy Walsh, editor, another community
Registered user
on May 25, 2021 at 9:03 am

We have been investigating a report contending that the opposite fault is what occurred, but thus far it has not been corroborated. I spoke with San Ramon PD again this week, and while their investigation is still ongoing (standard toxicology report pending), they say every indication including video evidence is that the truck driving straight on Crow Canyon had a red light and Guinee turning left had a protected green arrow when the crash occurred at the intersection. We likely won't publish a new story until the police investigation is finalized in an estimated two weeks. That said, any witnesses to the crash can contact me at [email protected] if they want to share their perspective on what happened.


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