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Page Mill Road crash victim identified

Original post made on Aug 14, 2010

A man who died in a crash on Page Mill Road early this morning has been identified by the California Highway Patrol as 24-year-old Darryl Gainer, a San Jose resident.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 12, 2010, 12:02 PM

Comments (14)

Posted by Joseph Tourino, a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I'll miss you man. It was so sudden. I'm sorry the ambulance and helicopter took so long...They were having a hard time finding us that night....oh God I miss you man! I wish we could kick it again just like we always did. I'm still stuck....waiting to hear you and your car pulling in my driveway.

No cops, no crashes.

Posted by Joseph Tourino, a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2010 at 1:20 pm

And for the record, I had 911 on the line before 12:34, and A big dip in the road caused the accident. That road needs work, or more signs, or SOMETHING....

Posted by Dave, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm

The big dip in the road did not cause the collision, going too fast did. Two lane mountain roads are not race courses. The driver obviously knew that, along with all the other 'road racers' that try and cheat death. This time 'death' won.

Posted by jinsoku, a resident of Woodside
on Aug 14, 2010 at 10:57 pm

R.I.P. Darryl G.
Very nice guy who was taken too early..

Posted by SC County/ WakeBHR, a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Maybe if all you concerned residents put your money where your mouth is and had a place built where people could go drive their cars, there would be less "'road racers' that try and cheat death" and more track racers with a safe environment to do what they love. Instead people like you petition to have tracks shut down because they are too loud and invite the "wrong crowd". And then you feel you have the right to be completely insensitive and complain, when that same "wrong crowd" ends up on your streets.
[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]
We all understand the hazards and accept them every time we get behind the wheel. People die in accidents everyday that had nothing to do with the cause. Whether it was speeding or a road hazard, at least have the decency to respect another humans life.

RIP. Darryl you will be missed.

Posted by WakeBHR, a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2010 at 1:11 am

For the record
I quote "Investigators do not know why the car went off the roadway and are seeking witnesses to the crash."
Which means if he was speeding or "cheating death" the Investigators would have had some evidence of that. Dont you think?
The article would say it was believed he was speeding or street racing. I do believe it says nothing of the sort. For all you know a deer could have jumped out in front of him.

Dont assume.

Posted by Private Parent, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm

SC County/ WakeBHR:

I'm sorry your friend died. No one should be gloating about that. Wording things in the passive voice denies responsibility. He wasn't "taken". He was involved in an accident that was a direct result of irresponsible behavior. It's really unfortunate and sad that it happened.

The fact of the matter is that he was probably engaged in an illegal high-risk activity. I wish he wasn't. You wish he wasn't. But thousands of cars pass over that stretch of road every week without a single incident. Blaming the community for not building a race-track is completely ridiculous. There are plenty of tracks around that he could have used. Here is a link to just one list:

Web Link

You can also run parking-lot-style autocross, which tends to be much lower speed but is very fun and challenging for drivers. Here is a list of California events like that:

Web Link

I have personally run Skip Barber's course--Web Link. It's a great program and shows exactly how to minimize the danger of high-performance driving. Most critically, running on the track only puts yourself in danger.

If you run high-speed on public roads, you are not only risking your own life, but you are risking innocent third parties. Late at night doesn't matter--I drive all the time late at night, but I drive within the law. It is unfair to all the other law-abiding people on the road.

Everyone is responsible for their own actions. It's sad, but he had to take responsibility for his in a terrible way. No one wishes this on anyone. I'm sorry, but the lesson is there for you if you will just listen.

Posted by Right, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 20, 2010 at 8:02 am

"A deer jumped out in front of him", right. That's what the racers have all agreed to tell investigating officers. Hey, stupid, you are not just putting your own life at risk when you race on public roads, you're risking the life of everyone else on the road. You are potential murderers and I feel no sympathy for you.

Posted by Are You Serious?, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 29, 2010 at 11:27 pm

So we should assume he was doing high risk because other drivers don't have problems? So should I assume that you drive the speed limit 100% of the time and never break the Law in any way shape or form? Because obviously you have the nerve to assume he was doing something "high risk"

Due to the words spoken by "Private Parent" it seems as if he/she is just inconsiderate and uncaring, or else that's what i picked up from what you had written, and nothing you can say or do will change my mind because I know this for a fact just like you know he was doing something "high risk".

Directed at "Right" who gave you permission to speak for other people? And how can you be so inconsiderate as to call a recently passed away citizen "stupid" and call him and others potential murderers you have no sympathy for? So because of a small mistake they are branded and shouldn't be given sympathy....
If your whole family got in a huge car accident tonight I would have no sympathy for you, because you seem like an inconsiderate prick. I'd just say its karma, and feel no sympathy, maybe even call them stupid because they must have been doing something irresponsible and it's possibly their fault for risking the life of EVERYONE else on the road.

Posted by Are You Serious?, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 29, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Also directed at "Right" where does it say a deer popped out anyway? Or that they were told a deer had? No where so again an assumption.

I think you are a pathetic individual whom does not feel the need to share his compassion with anyone. I would not be in the least bit surprised if your entire family was messed up because of you. I have no sympathy for you or your family. No matter how big or small the problems, because all the possible sympathy I could have felt instantly disappeared after reading your ignorant and childish response.

Posted by xarax, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 15, 2010 at 10:58 am

.Whether or not there was a "deer" or "racing" or "driving" Someone lost a life... As simple as that. GROW UP.

Posted by catherine eva torres, a resident of another community
on Jan 18, 2012 at 9:05 pm

we all miss you

"no cops no crashes"

thanks for being a friend. a good friend, to everyone!
i see your mom all the time at the salon
and i see your face when she smiles.

you would have been the best lawyer ever
we love you. and we think of you often.

Posted by catherine , a resident of another community
on Jan 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm

to all the people who are voicing their strong opinions:

im sorry that you are annoyed my friend died,
i am also because i really miss those days!!

that group of friends i had in the months prior to his death
were the best friends i have ever had. a good safe group of
true friends are hard to come by and i will cherish
those special memories until my geriatric years :)

G.O.D. -catherine

Posted by reaper, a resident of Woodside
on Oct 8, 2013 at 7:53 am

To Catherine

He will always be the coolest cat on kitty cat planet
Contact me if you remember me

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