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Alleged drunken driver strikes man, plows into home

Original post made on Apr 2, 2013

A Palo Alto man was arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving after he allegedly hit an employee of a moving company and plowed into a home on Tuesday afternoon.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 6:48 PM

Comments (25)

Posted by best wishes to the victim, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 2, 2013 at 7:40 pm

I hope the pedestrian is not too badly hurt. Best wishes.


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 2, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Racket from news helicopters overhead. I hope the injured man will be ok. The SUV looked enormous on TV news - for God's sake, please be responsible when driving these mammoth vehicles. Sounds like this guy had little awareness of his responsibility - just didn't care for others at all.


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of University South
on Apr 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Walked by and saw the house about an hour ago. It was to be torn down next week and looked as if it needed to be. The fire department was there - they had smashed in all the windows and such to build reinforcements.

PA Utilities were there shutting off power.

Hoping the mover who got hit will be OK.

So glad the family was in the back of the house when it happened.


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 2, 2013 at 9:03 pm

The man injured I hear is ok and is at Stanford, pretty banged up and bruised but should be fine a fireman said at the scene. The driver must have been driving fast to do that, it's a driveway off of Boyce so I can't figure out how he got that kind of speed. Thank god there were no kids out front!


Posted by Bob Wenzlau, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 2, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Our firefighters are to be commended for extracting the injured and securing the house. Too often I take these guys for granted, but they really shined in their response today!

Amazingly after this response, a number of them turned out to present our sister city delegation from Oaxaca with surplus rugged computers that will find their way to use in Oaxaca's fire department.


Posted by Kate, a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I completely agree with Bob! Our Firefighters did an amazing job today. These outstanding men and women are often taken for granted, but they did a great job today and every day!

Great job PAFD!!!


Posted by Katie, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 2, 2013 at 9:56 pm

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Posted by will, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm

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Posted by will, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 2, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Regarding media copters...you would have thought it was a military action. I believe there were 4 choppers. Just ridiculous!


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 3, 2013 at 12:08 am

I'm glad the mover is ok, is older man driver in jail for awhile? This is a serious deal, drinking and driving...running someone over then smashing into a house! Has anyone heard what will happen to the driver?


Posted by Fife Resident, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 3, 2013 at 10:40 am

The helicopters were overhead, whacking up a huge racket, for about 90 minutes. They were well below the noise abatement floor for aircraft over Palo Alto. If this had been a police action, I would have been fine with the presence of the helicopters, but why did news outlets have to sit there for so long?

Channel 2's helicopter was overhead for the longest time. Three others showed up, one by one, after the Channel 2 copter had been disrupting the neighborhood for almost an hour. Incredibly unnecessary.


Posted by best wishes to the victim, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 3, 2013 at 10:54 am

The pedestrian is not OK. He was run over by the car and has head injuries and broken bones. He was not killed, thank god, but he faces a painful and difficult recovery. He was standing in the front yard when he was hit and did not deserve this.

Please pray for the victim, who is far more important than a couple of helicopters that are long gone.


Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

Why did this require two helicopters hovering overhead for what seemed like hours?


Posted by moi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2013 at 11:23 am

>> "Maybe need to take away drivers license at an earlier age. Happy hour started early." <<

I think the problem was the driver's level of inebriation, not his somewhat advanced age. Your two sentences are non sequiturs.


Posted by moi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2013 at 11:30 am

Why were the helicopters hovering for hours?

Because it was a slow news day and the local TV affiliates were using live feeds during their various broadcasts. It was ludicrous, considering the tree canopy precluded a view of much of anything but tree canopy.


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

They should throw the book and the elderly drunk driver who caused this mess! The poor guy who got hit didn't even see it coming...hopefully he'll recover from this ordeal. Suppose there were kids out there? Your not safe even in your front yard these days!


Posted by labels, a resident of Community Center
on Apr 3, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Using words like "elderly" to describe anyone -- especially someone in his 70s who is young enough to still be active and employed -- seems anachronistic. People are living longer, and there are many in their 70s -- including my parents-in-law -- who have parents in their 90s.

Attaching a pejorative label to someone and using that as an excuse to diminish their individuality -- "the elderly can't drive" -- is plain bigotry. We're all getting older, and may even live long enough to regret the negative stereotypes associated with anyone over 55 or so. There are plenty of 70-somethings who are fine drivers and don't drink & drive.


Posted by stopp, a resident of Southgate
on Apr 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm

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Posted by About Steve, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm

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Posted by Harriet, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Need to seriously take away the elderly man's license for a while.

The mover will have a long recovery.


Posted by About Steve, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm

The man was drunk, the cops tested him and he failed. He is in jail where he belongs. His drunkenness put someone in the hospital, and I hope the book is thrown at him, AFTER he pays all of his victim's medical bills!


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

How sad that there are more comments here than on the thread about the preschooler beaten by gang members. Gee, I wonder why?


Posted by About Steve, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 3, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Check the thread about the preschooler's beating. It was quickly closed off to anyone but registered posters.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm

It wasn't limited to registered users that quickly.


Posted by dan, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Talk about a one man wrecking crew!

Hope the poor mover survives this ordeal.


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