Posted by OMV Resident, a resident of Mountain View, on Oct 17, 2012 at 11:27 am
The article says the vehicle was a Toyota sedan, but from the photos this sure looks like an SUV... based on both the rear hatch with spare tire, and the roof rack. It's unlikely a sedan would roll over, but SUVs are very prone to roll-overs in situations like this.
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm
Frustration may have a lot to do with it. Having been caught in this area myself and not able to get out, even with the help of a GPS, I can sympathise. This may be the result of traffic calming measures!
Posted by Easy to See, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm
Look at the second pic. She came down the road, was obviously distracted(GPS or Cell probably) and missed the turn. She panic turned too late and hit the tree. Between the too quick maneuver, the tree and an SUV's propensity to want to roll over anyways, we have this.
Check the cell phone records to see if there was activity.
There are MANY drivers like this out there each day. Be careful!
Posted by Brian, a resident of the Evergreen Park neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Looks like the tree was damaged. This accident is slightly similar to one a couple of years ago that was directly across the street. A car (with a drunk driver) traveling north on Park at high speed was not able to navigate the curve in the road, and hit a tree in Peers Park. That driver did not make it out alive. Fortunately, this driver is safe and nobody else was injured.
Posted by Taxpayer, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm
At least three fires truck and a police car and a bunch of public employees standing around. And this is AFTER the driver got herslef out of the car? It makes you wonder how much overtime will be charged. I'm sure the city arborist will show up as well.
Posted by Carl King, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2012 at 9:06 pm
"ridiculous blocked off streets. It's like a f'ing maze"
That's the point. I don't live there and I agree with the calming measures. Palo Alto is determined to develop to full gridlock, so let's at least minimize cut-through traffic around the major choked intersections. At least it leaves some walking and biking routes where we can avoid heavy traffic and dangerous drivers, er, or at least heavy traffic.
Posted by daniel, a resident of the Embarcadero Oaks/Leland neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2012 at 6:46 am
Let me get it straight:if drivers act stupidly it's the road calming measures fault? This driver seems like she shouldn't be allowed behind the wheel of a vehicle, as it takes special talent to flip your car in that area. When I get lost in an unfamiliar area, as happens to all of us, I actually slow down and drive ultra carefully. Traffic calming measures, of which we don't have nearly enough because traffic in Palo Alto has become absurdly unruly and dangerous, are designed to save us from drivers like this particular one.
Posted by Really?, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2012 at 10:57 am
This doesn't make any sense.. period. It was not a dark and stormy night, where the lanes were hard to see and/or maneouver. Just call it like it is... Horrible driving. Plain and simple.
I am glad they are okay, but take personal responsibility.. stop "looking" for excuses to blame the "road" or anything else, and thank GOD the tree was there, as the car would've more than likely ended up in the yard or hitting the house. Things happen.. sometimes crazy, stupid things, and this was definitely one of them for the books.
Posted by Kirsten, a resident of the Evergreen Park neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm
The direction this lady was going is not blocked in any way. You can drive along Park Blvd from El Camino to Cal Ave, which is what she was doing, whether she meant to or not. This road is heavily traveled by bikes, including commuters going to Caltrain, Stanford employees and PALY students. We are very lucky she didn't squish someone. Very stupid.
I thought it was a van when I looked at it (near my house). May have been an SUV, but was not a sedan.
I was also happy to see the police and fire trucks. They didn't stay long.