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Original post made by james, Pleasanton Meadows, on Jul 5, 2009

Does anyone have more information about the hit and run accident on churchill drive over the 4th of July? a red beamer was totally destroyed, parts are still lying in the street. the car that hit and ran must have lost the right front tire cause you can follow the dug in marks in the street all the way out to santa rita.

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Posted by golfer
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 6, 2009 at 12:55 am

The driver of a white jeep hit the parked red BMW. The force of the collision knocked the beamer 10-15 feet, and blew out the jeep's right front tire. A neighbor saw the crash and tailed the suspect until the police could catch up to make the arrest. Apparently, the driver (described as a 19 year old female) was charged with drunk driving. There were no injuries.

Posted by James
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 6, 2009 at 1:05 pm

thanks for the info. do you know if the driver lived in the neighborhood?

Posted by Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Shouldn't there be something in the paper about this, even if there were no (human) injuries? It seems that if this town wants to get serious about preventing teen drunk driving, a case could be made about the consequences of drinking underage, getting behind the wheel of a car, destroying someone else's property, *thankfully* not killing someone in the process (including the driver), and what happens (hopefully a very stiff punishment) for leaving the scene of the accident?

Or is this another one of the "oh good, she/he wasn't hurt, so let's just chalk it up to youth and sweep it under the carpet and daddy will pay the lawyer" deals... that in the end just sends a signal to the other teens that it really IS no big deal?

Posted by Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2009 at 9:31 pm

p.s. From the online version of PW today; I hope that this hit-and-run crash is duly counted in the total that is reported in this article...

Uploaded: Sunday, July 5, 2009, 7:59 AM

DUI arrests up statewide so far for holiday weekend
Maximum enforcement by CHP runs through midnight tonight

The California Highway Patrol made 454 DUI arrests statewide during its maximum enforcement period for the first part of the July 4th holiday weekend, up from 342 DUI arrests at the same time last year, a sergeant said.

From 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. yesterday, five people hav been killed in DUI-related crashes statewide, three of which were on CHP-patrolled roadways, according to CHP Sgt. Trent Cross. That compared to four reported fatalities related to driving under the influence during the same period last year, Cross said.

The reporting period for maximum enforcement runs through 11:59 p.m. tonight.

Posted by Very Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2009 at 11:23 am

Concerned, I agree.

PW, please follow up and report this story. We need all the facts.

Posted by Sam
a resident of Sycamore Heights
on Jul 8, 2009 at 10:20 am

What's that sound I'm hearing? What, you don't hear it? Shhh, listen closely... yes, that one... swoosh swoosh. Yep, another underage DUI hit-and-run being swept under the rug. There, all gone, whew. Glad that no one outside the immediate family found out, because that would be sooo embarrassing. I do hope that this wasn't the case and that the family solicits help that might actually keep the kid out of future trouble with concerned friends and folks looking out for him/her.

Posted by Sandy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2009 at 11:41 am

California law requires a minimum $1000 fine, and a mandatory suspension of the license, for 1 year, for anyone under 21 with any BAC above zero.

I was surprised to learn that a first time offense for someone over 21 only involves a 4-month suspension of the license, and privileges can be reinstated by a judge after only 30 days!

I bet it raises insurance rates through the roof, though.

Posted by Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Sandy, thank you very much for the information re. the DMV/legal stance on an incident such as this one. I still find it not only odd, but almost negligent on the part of the Pleasanton Weekly that there has not been one peep regarding this on the newspaper site itself. It does make one wonder whether they are truly concerned about the youth in this community and willing to step out of an "it's ALL GOOD" comfort zone and raise awareness of a very important problem with underage drinking, drunk driving and consequences.

Posted by golfer
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 14, 2009 at 10:24 am

I too would like to see PW follow-up on this story. The hearsay is that the driver does live (with her parents) in Pleasanton Meadows, and apparently has had a drinking problem for some time now. If true, this indicates a serious problem: a girl who graduated high school last year and has had a serious drinking problem for some time? As a parent, i'm appalled: it cannot be acceptable to sweep a DUI+hit/run accident under the rug. I really do hope this incident serves to get her the help she needs, and to provide an example to other teenagers. Perhaps handling this event properly could prevent a future serious tragedy...

Posted by Sam
a resident of Sycamore Place
on Jul 17, 2009 at 8:17 am

Do you happen to know where the arrest took place? Because not only has there been an absence of any article in the PW regarding this teen drunk driving, hit-and-run, damage to property, but there has not been a mention of it in either last week's police blotter or this week's, unless I'm missing it:

Web Link
Web Link

Could someone point out which one it was? If not, then it does seem as if any public acknowledgement of this crime (and yes, it is a crime) was "disappeared". Connections?

Posted by Well...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2009 at 8:34 pm

... hmmm. What did anyone expect, sorry to say, but really.

Posted by Anne
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 22, 2009 at 7:32 am

When I was a kid, our town didn't hide the names of youth who committed crimes. It was printed, with names, in the police blotter for all the world to see.

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