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Serious crash barely misses church

Original post made on Mar 31, 2014

A car crash along Palo Alto's "church row" on Middlefield Road injured a woman and barely missed hitting The Father's House on Monday afternoon.

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Posted by Trying to kill everyone?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Good lord drivers. Slow down and police yourselves.

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Posted by show some compassion
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 31, 2014 at 5:42 pm

The driver could have suffered a medical issue while driving - a few years ago I was hit by a driver that had a heart attack while behind the wheel. It is also rainy today, the roads are more slippery than usual.

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Posted by thank god
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 31, 2014 at 5:47 pm

That is a very popular bus stop. Thank god no one was killed.

The police need to put down a full court press on traffic enforcement on rainy days. That part of Middlefield Road is a known area for reckless drivers.

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Posted by Feh
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 31, 2014 at 6:09 pm

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Posted by 25 mph !!!
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 31, 2014 at 7:11 pm

While we don't yet know whether this occurred due to a medical issue, I witness far too many drivers speeding upwards of 40 on Middlefield. It's 25 mph!!!

Lots of bicyclist, especially from Fairmeadow and JLS and pedestrians walking and/or waiting for buses. This could have been much worse.

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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 31, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Just adding on to what 25 mph !!! has stated -- Middlefield seems to have more than its share of drivers that speed along at 40 on a clear, sunny day. That they speed along at 40 when the weather is bad is mind boggling.

Guess that driver training failed some people out there.

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Posted by thank god
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 31, 2014 at 9:17 pm

There was an article here recently about why residents are less happy with city services in southern Palo Alto than north of the expressway. Poor police traffic enforcement is a big reason for me. Speeding is rampant on El Camino, Alma, and Middlefield, but only south of Oregon Expressway. Police do a pretty good job of speed enforcement north of the expressway, but let the reckless drivers run wild in southern Palo Alto. Reckless drivers kill and maim more residents than all violent crime put together. Law enforcement in southern Palo Alto really needs to be a bigger priority for the city.

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Posted by oh please
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2014 at 10:39 pm

"thank god"

There is no speed enforcement North of the expressway either. Drive Embarcadero for example. Cars up here run through stops on a regular basis. The city cut the budget for traffic enforcement and it shows.

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Posted by JT
a resident of Monroe Park
on Apr 1, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Sure glad the car didn't hit the Fathers HO.

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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 1, 2014 at 2:45 pm

@thank god - trust me, speeding is just as common in North Palo Alto as well. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone driving the speed limit on Embarcadero.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2014 at 3:03 pm

> Poor police traffic enforcement

And what makes anyone think that having more police on the street would have been reason for this accident to have been avoided? Was the driver distracted for a couple of seconds? This particular stretch of road widens at the point of the accident, requiring that drivers move left a little. A distracted driver might easily have failed to make the adjustment.

Was the person texting? or talking on the phone? or maybe looking in the rear-view mirror just a little too long?

Without more details--there is little reason to believe that more police would stop these kinds of accidents.

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