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Driver re-arrested for Oct. 20 rear-end crash on Owens Drive

Original post made on Nov 18, 2007

Pleasanton police have arrested a 53-year-old man on a felony drunk driving charge following an October crash that seriously injured a 9-year-old girl.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, November 18, 2007, 9:27 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by mac
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2007 at 10:07 am

It's sickening to hear this news, even though we all know it exists. Surely, we will all be interested in how the outcome compares to that of our other accident (where Laurel lost her life). Equal and fair treatment under the law will become glaringly obvious.

To both our teen and adult participants in these forums...this is an example of us how parallel our lives really are.

Posted by Derek
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Nov 18, 2007 at 1:24 pm

These two accidents took place the same day and, although this one didn't result in a death, I'm sure it's no less tragic to the family of the nine year old girl. We talk so much about teens, alcohol and driving, especially after Laurel was killed, but this is a reminder that the problem isn't age-specific. This 53 year old adult had his own toddler kid with him too, no less. Will he be held accountable for that as well? I'm pretty sure there are laws that address putting kids in harms way, such as he did, by driving recklessly or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Maybe some kind of child endangerment statute applies here, but I didn't see it mentioned in the papers.

Posted by chris
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Nov 18, 2007 at 1:50 pm

I agree with both comments above. God bless Laurel and Katy, but it is not just our youth, and this man had his 4 year old in the car no less....And the little girl in the hospital still...Let the law hold this man accountable and the punishment be harsh..Drinking and Drive WILL NEVER be o.k.

Posted by aaron
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 19, 2007 at 12:52 pm

this was during the afternoon. with a child in the car very sad. luckily no-one passed. my girlfriends appartment is at the corner where it happend. it was a pretty bad accident. scary cause it also could have went into the apartment complex. this guy will definatelty get felony dui, and child endangerment. i'd say he is going to county for 4 months during trial, then probably get a 2 yr sentence with time served. state prison is half time. so the equation goes. 24 months, - 4 months = 20 months.... 20 / 2 = 10 months prison. + the 4 months county jail. he'll be out in 14 months tops. my guess is 6-12 months he'll be out. hands down it is minimum what will happen.

Posted by Sarah
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 19, 2007 at 10:50 pm

Most of all, I am very saddened to read that the young girl is STILL in critical condition. My thoughts have been with her and her family since Oct. 20th, and knowing that she's not out of the hospital yet is heart-wrenching.

Posted by bridget
a resident of Dublin
on Nov 24, 2007 at 11:14 am

I hope this serves a wake-up call to anyone participating in drinking and driving and a reminder to remind our friends and family not to do this. The holidays are always a little dampened for me as I fear all the drinking and driving on the road. It is an inexcusable behavior. So preventable.

God Bless this little girl and her family. Let's pray for her full recovery and strength for her family as she is hospitalized.

Happy Holidays to All!

Posted by adugsdolo
a resident of Ridgeview Commons
on Oct 22, 2008 at 7:11 pm

I am sure that there are plenty of positives out there, but what have you seen for yourself? I like to utilize my inviting invention Wanna good joke? What kind of shoes do lazy people wear? Loafers. I want to have a good time, Lets talk about something interesting!

Posted by Reality
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 28, 2009 at 3:32 pm

This guy still hasn't been sentenced..........

Posted by NO WAY
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Jun 28, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Whoever is handling this case should be fired then

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