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Crash On Santa Rita Road

Original post made by Joanie, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jul 11, 2009

This evening at about 6 pm I passed police cars and an SUV in the median with a tree in the middle of its front bumper on Santa Rita Road across from Baskin Robbins. When I drove back that way, more than an hour later, the SUV was gone but there were still multiple police vehicles, lanes cordoned off, and an officer using a measuring tape in the road. I was wondering why there was so much police activity for so long. When I was crashed into by a cell phone talking moron on Santa Rita Road, the police came and went in a few minutes. So what elements of a car crash are needed to create long term involvement of police?

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Posted by MainStreetDiva
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 11, 2009 at 9:50 pm

MainStreetDiva is a registered user.

What elements of a car accident require extensive police investigation? Crashes that result in serious/critical injuries or fatalities.

Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 11, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Stolen car - weapons involved - kidnapping - hostage - bomb - high speed chase - robbery getaway vehicle... I can think of a few.


Posted by C. Lindberg
a resident of another community
on Jul 12, 2009 at 10:40 pm

I was caught up in the traffic from this accident. Sat through 3 red lights with nothing moving. Finally realized that way up ahead about a block up from me there were people moving around in the street out of their cars, which meant, car accident. Most of us moved in to the right turn only lane and used it to move on up and through the intersection and on in to downtown Pleasanton. Sadly, as I drove past, I saw the SUV up on the median crashed in to a tree. But the worst was someone was out on the grassy median lying on their back on the ground with a blanket over them and a person was doing chest compressions. I moved past quick as traffic could allow but haven't been able to stop thinking about that accident. Did the person (not sure if it was a man or woman) make it? Was anyone else hurt? I was about another 3 or 4 minutes down the street before the emergency vehicles came past me on their way to the accident. I immediately started saying prayers and the tear came for a complete stranger. We see this on TV all the time, but to see this and know that someone's heart really had to have stopped for CPR to be administered just shook me up. This was real.

Posted by Emily West
Pleasanton Weekly staff reporter
on Jul 13, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Emily West is a registered user.

Police said the driver died from what appears to be a medical issue. It's still under investigation, so there aren't many details available yet.

Posted by sorry to hear
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jul 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm

I am so sorry to hear about the bad new, my fish at work died today :(
I mourn for Shark right now. RIP

Posted by 2ME4U
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 15, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Not funny, not nice, not clever, not really thinking about the person or their family. Good work there 'sorry to hear'.

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