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Car crashes into Palo Alto home decor store

Original post made on Oct 13, 2016

A car crashed through the front doors into the Hudson Grace store in Town & Country Village in Palo Alto Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 12, causing some damage inside the home decor shop but no injuries.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 13, 2016, 8:24 AM

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Posted by parent
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 13, 2016 at 8:34 am

Why print the gender of the driver, but not her age? Not that a younger person would be driving a car like that.

Posted by Samuel L.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 13, 2016 at 8:47 am

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This is Palo Alto. Definitely COULD have been a younger driver... I've seen high school students driving to school in nicer cars.

Posted by JC
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 13, 2016 at 9:08 am

It was an elderly person with a medical issue- was at TJ's when this happened.

Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2016 at 9:50 am


Since you don't seem to be very aware, here in the SF Bay Area, a lot of people in their twenties can afford such cars. Many local employers pays well (Facebook, Google, Genentech, Apple, Yahoo, etc.).

The CLA250 is one of the most affordable models from Mercedes-Benz, a mass market 4-cylinder model.

Samuel L. is correct, a lot of local kids drive these kind of cars too. Palo Alto and many surrounding towns have affluent residents who are able and willing to finance such vehicles for teens and young adults. This is not a recent phenomenon.

Posted by Jerry
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 13, 2016 at 10:14 am

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Posted by Stop Sign
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Oct 13, 2016 at 10:21 am

There is no stop sign in front of that shop, meaning the driver can proceed. It is totally legal.

Posted by john_alderman
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 13, 2016 at 10:39 am

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@Reader from another community - Parent said "would" not "could". It was famously described as "an Old Person’s Idea of a Young Person’s Car."

Posted by mutti
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 13, 2016 at 11:10 am

We have a loaner from the Mercedes dealer this week while our SmartCar is in the shop. Nice trade up! But, the gear shifting on this car is totally weird. You have to push a button on the end of the shift column to get the car into Park. Otherwise it is in Drive. Hard enough for a 'young' person to get straight. Is this that type of gear-shift control? It would be easy to think you are stopped, but still be in a forward gear. This is why we need self-driving cars. All the electronics in new cars are too complicated for us normal people.

Glad no one is hurt.

Posted by TLM
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 13, 2016 at 12:38 pm

The usual cause of crashes like this is the driver accidentally pushing the accelerator instead of the brake.
And while it can happen to young drivers, it is very common in the elderly.

Posted by Spoiled
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 13, 2016 at 2:11 pm

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I used to live in Los Gatos, where on Friday and Saturday nights high school kids drive Ferraris and high-end BMWs down Santa Cruz AVE and Main St.

The parking lot at Los Gatos High was filled with high end cars!

Posted by Chrisc
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 13, 2016 at 2:29 pm

For all of you so eager to jump on the assumption it's age-related, statistics do not show okder drivers have more accidents. A couple of years ago, a car ran off Embarcadero, all the way across the parking lot and into Books Inc area. Not an old person. Mixing up pedals may be more of a problem for the truly aged (and the new Merc controls are weird), but killing people is the specialty of other age groups. Web Link

Posted by blatt
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 13, 2016 at 3:04 pm

Mutti is RIGHT! Those semi-pushbutton console shifters are downright dangerous and not intuitive--especially if you have more than one car and both don't have that type of shifter. Many car companies have gone weird on that feature.

Posted by john_alderman
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 13, 2016 at 3:49 pm

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@Chrisc - Statistics do show elderly drivers have more accidents. They are the second highest risk group after teens. 16-17 is the worst by far, and rates decline as you age until age 60, at which point the accident rate spike back up.

Posted by Charles
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 13, 2016 at 3:54 pm

I just saw a 16 year old kid get out of his Brand New Audi R8 ($162,900). He parked like 2 feet away from the curb. The parking enforcer just happen to be right there and told him to move it or he gets a ticket. The kid was like, uhh. Come on kid!

Posted by Charles
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 13, 2016 at 3:56 pm

This is definitely going on "Behaving Badly in Palo Alto's" page on Facebook. lol

a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 13, 2016 at 5:19 pm

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What is important is to realize that the eating areas near there like Calafia, Mayfields all have open air seating and traffic is horrible near the CVS pharmacy and coffee shops.

My prayers for fast recovery of the driver. We may need barriers such as planters to prevent cars that can injure people and display windows.


Posted by Wrong Pedal
a resident of Palo Verde School
on Oct 14, 2016 at 10:08 am

Seems like a clear cut case of thinking you pressed the break pedal but you actually pressed the accelerator pedal instead.

You're brain is convinced you are hitting the you double down and press the accelerator harder. Whoosh...through the storefront you go.

There is very good explanation of this situation in Malcolm Gladwell's podcast.

Web Link

No other explanation is required.

Posted by NativeCalifornianMinority1
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 14, 2016 at 7:10 pm

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Posted by @Old Palo Alto
a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2016 at 7:31 pm

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Posted by Chrisc
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 16, 2016 at 11:16 am

@John_Alderman I think you are correct. I should've clarified, They are more the Fender-bender variety, and when there is a fatality, it's usually the older driver him/herself. Most older drivers adapt for their declining abilities like not driving at night or.avoiding difficult intersections. I learned all that at AARP''s Mature Driving class, which is excellent. We need to know that no matter what we think, certain abilities do decline and we need to adapt.

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