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One dead, one critically injured in head-on collision near Stanford

Crash Saturday night claims life of Redwood City man

A man is dead after a head-on collision Saturday evening, Oct. 17, near Stanford University, officials with the California Highway Patrol said.

The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office identified the man as Donovan Meher of Redwood City.

Meher, 45, was driving south on Junipero Serra Boulevard between Stanford Avenue and Campus Drive when his 2009 Nissan Versa crossed into the northbound lanes and collided with a 2012 Volkswagen Passat driven by a 64-year-old Redwood City woman, according to CHP officials.

The woman suffered major injuries that required treatment at Stanford University Hospital, CHP officials said.

The man died at the scene of the crash, according to CHP officials.

The first report of the crash came in at 7:01 p.m. Junipero Serra was closed for about three hours while the accident was being investigated.

Investigators have not determined if drugs or alcohol was a factor in the crash, according CHP officials. The investigation is ongoing.

The CHP is asking that anyone who witnessed the collision call Officer Alyssa Lorenzatti at 650-369-6261.

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21 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of another community
on Oct 18, 2015 at 11:07 am

I was a witness to this accident. It was horrible: one man heading south was driving erratically and swerving in and out of the opposite lane. 30 seconds after he passed us he collided head on with a woman. He died at the scene.

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Posted by Anneke
a resident of Professorville
on Oct 18, 2015 at 11:17 am

How awful and sad. This woman who got hit, did not deserve that. We all have to be so defensive in our traffic behavior, and still this can happen. I hope she will survive and heal.

Anon, I feel for you, as this will be a memory you will not forget.

Rest in Peace for the erratic driver who died.

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Posted by Ischia
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 18, 2015 at 11:44 am

Sounds like a case of DUI, or a " medical event " on the part of the erratic driver. Only autopsy will tell.

7 people like this
Posted by ndn
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Editor, why is it that my very sensible comments are not being published?

9 people like this
Posted by OldAlum
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 19, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Just curious. Why are our messages censored? Who elected this person to do this? What happened to the 1st Amendment?

7 people like this
Posted by Slow Down
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 19, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Slow Down is a registered user.

It`s a bug in the commenting system that chokes on apostrophes. Leave it out or use the backwards one.

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Posted by ndn
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Those who saw the erratic behavior immediately rang police to aapraise them of the situation? Who know what accidents can be avoided or minimized if one cares.

14 people like this
Posted by Mim
a resident of Woodside
on Oct 19, 2015 at 10:26 pm

I worked with him. He had a heart attack. Rip

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Posted by Constitutionally speaking
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 20, 2015 at 7:43 pm

@ Old Alum:

You have no 1st Amendment rights on this forum. The 1st Amendment has nothing to do with this. This anonymous forum is run by the newspaper and they can delete anything they want here (and they regularly do, sometimes for reasons known only to them), because it's their site and they control it. They don't have to justify their actions to anyone.

The 1st Amendment is in place to keep the government from shutting down/stifling/censoring the press.

That said, in this specific case, it was probably the general glitch in the Weekly transitioning to new servers that caused your comment to disappear - it appears that all or most of the accidentally "missing" comments are now back.

8 people like this
Posted by anon
a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2015 at 9:29 pm

As a witness here is what I know.

First, according to a bicyclist, Meher was initially driving northbound on Junipero Serra and nearly hit several cars. He then ran into a ditch near Junipero Serra and Campus Drive. He got a flat tire and part of his wheel well became detached. The bicyclist spoke with Meher and told him he needed to stop driving or he was going to hurt someone. Meher then proceeded to do a U turn and headed south. At this point he passed me while I was heading south on Junipero Serra. He stayed in the opposing lane for maybe 10 seconds before swerving back into the correct lane. He then swerved back into the opposing lane to pass another person, again staying in the incorrect lane for maybe 10 seconds. Finally the third time he attempted this maneuver there was a car in the opposite lane and they collided head on.

There were about 4-5 witnesses to this, all of which gave their names to the officers on the scene.

I would be surprised if the root cause of this behavior was a heart attack. I could certainly be wrong through.

4 people like this
Posted by Meo
a resident of Woodside
on Oct 24, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Donovan was a sweet person! whenever I went to his place of employment he was always very friendly with a kind personality. He always hugged me when I came into the theater.... I will miss him and do hope that his fellow co workers will as well! God Bless Him... I Love You Donovan!!!

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