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Driver, 21, dies in Woodside crash early today

Original post made on Nov 28, 2009

A 21-year-old man died in Woodside early this morning after his car hit two trees and another vehicle before flipping, a San Mateo County
Sheriff's Office sergeant said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, November 28, 2009, 3:00 PM

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Posted by lindatrip
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Nov 28, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Hitting two trees and flipping his car over, indicates excessive speeds.
No info on how fast this guy was going?
I'll bet he was intoxicated as well.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Woodside
on Nov 28, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Knew him, really sucks.. To the poster above unfortunately alcohol was involved and so were excessive speeds. The roads in the neighborhood are extremely windy and sloped..

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Posted by saleha
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 28, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Its a shame he died because of drinking. Really sad, he was young though so we often think of ourselves as invinsible. It's also good no one else was killed or seriously injured.

To the other guy, and anyone else out there who might think its okay to drink and drive, you can be the safest driver and let's say you only have 2 drinks which can still put you over the limit - someone rear ends you at a light - guess what, you're busted for DUI. It would be cheaper in the long run to take a couple weeks in Hawaii when all the costs are added up and fines are paid. At least take a taxi, much much better for all of us.

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Posted by TH
a resident of Woodside
on Nov 29, 2009 at 12:22 am

I was the first person on the scene as I heard the accident from my home. It is not the first time I have heard an accident there and I grabbed a first aid kit and flash lights; I knew it would be rough but not that rough. I had my wife call 911 so they could get a fix on the address. His brother had been driving behind him and drove into the scene but seemed to understandably be in shock. I wish there was more that could be done, but I wonder if speed bumps or signs would have affected this --- he seemed to have been going over double the speed limit on a slippery road with unbanked curves. My hear sank when we knew for sure he had not made it, and I prayed for him and his family.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 29, 2009 at 1:14 pm

I am glad no one else died along with him. Driving under the influence, as we all know, is selfish, stupid, criminal and always avoidable.

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Posted by Menlo Park Resident
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 29, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Driving drunk is indeed selfish, stupid, dangerous, etc. but now is a time to reflect on the life of an individual who died too soon- not to point fingers. I hope that your thoughts and prayers go out to this individual and his family, from what I have heard he was a great kid.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Portola Valley
on Nov 29, 2009 at 11:21 pm

as one of his close friends i can say without question that ryan was a great kid.. and was becoming an amazing man. he will be missed.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 29, 2009 at 11:36 pm

He was indeed quite intoxicated the morning of the incident. He had been celebrating a friends birthday and was partying in downtown Palo Alto until last call at 2 AM Saturday morning. Ryan had more than his share of problems, but that doesn't make this any less of a tragedy. The accident happened very close to his home, I shutter to think what his immediate family is going through, especially considering how tough it has been on his friends, myself included.

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Posted by cieboy
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 30, 2009 at 11:45 am

Condolences to all his friends and family. Young folks please be smart and use a designated driver.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Actually, I don't need to be told what to reflect on. I am making judgements, and as according to the accurate info I have, I stand by what I said, mainly that I am glad he didn't take anyone with him, as enough innocent lives are lost when a drunk is driving.

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Posted by Buzz
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Nov 30, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Some friends he was partying with! They let him drive off, knowing he had way too much to drink. Let's pray for the diver, his family in their grief, and that their friends will be much smarter next time - perhaps someone at these parties should be designated to keep ALL the car keys and give them out only when drivers appear sober enough to drive without endangering themselves or others. Perhaps these young people need to plan overnights at nearby homes, where they can walk over, sleep it off and drive home in the cool light of dawn - and get home alive.

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Posted by KD
a resident of Los Altos
on Nov 30, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Even drunk drivers have a mother whose heart is breaking....

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Posted by Family Friend
a resident of another community
on Nov 30, 2009 at 9:05 pm

My heart goes out to the driver and the family. I am a friend of the family. No family should have to go through this during the holidays or at any other time.

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Posted by cathy
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 30, 2009 at 9:22 pm

This is so so sad for the Ferrari family. Instead of pointing fingers, pray for this boy and his family. It is so important for people to be educated about the horrors of drunk driving. The worse time for people to be out is in the middle of the night especially when the bars are letting out. Parents, please tell your kids that it is not worth having that one or two drinks and then drive. Their life might be at stake and also the life of others. This is suicide.
God Bless Ryan.

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Posted by Cynthia
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 30, 2009 at 10:12 pm

To the Menlo Park resident, don't be mad at people for posting the truth, be mad at his friends for letting him drive drunk. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 1, 2009 at 11:14 am

Cynthia - I agree. As one who grew up w/privilege, I see this attitude way too often - sympahty towards those who are like us, and a distinct lack of sympathy for those who are different. Ryan's actions on the road were dangerous, and it's mere luck other people were not seriously injured or killed.

I also don't like being told to pray for someone/something. There are many good people who don't pray. If I pray for someone, that is my choice.

What happened is awful, and all too common. My view stands that I am relieved he didn't take anyone with him.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 1, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Being his third cousin and hearing this tragedy hit home and my prayers go out to hellen and Steve and the boy's during these hard times. He will be missed by all especially at Ferrari functions.

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Posted by Menlo Park Resident
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] It is your choice whether or not you will "pray" for this kid, but to not sympathize is another thing entirely. I disagree that no one grieved for the drug dealer and don't want to start a debate on this forum, but Ryan was an educated kid who made one bad decision- a drug dealer makes bad decisions on a daily basis and has committed to putting their life in danger, it is different. Regardless- I am yet again saddened by this tragedy and giving all my thoughts to this poor family

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 1, 2009 at 11:35 pm

This is very sad for the family and friends.

We have not gotten to the state of the UK in tolerating binge drinking, but we may be getting close.

How can we promote a culture where 2 moderate drinks are the limit, unless you have a designated sober driver, are sleeping over, getting a taxi or drinking in your own home and in for the night?

It is not unreasonable to have bars and hosts limit people to 2 moderate drinks at any event unless the drinkers are guests for the night, as in a hotel, or have sober drivers to take them home.

If people want to binge they can do it at home and sleep it off there, otherwise the limit should be 2 moderate drinks and sanctions for bars and hosts that exceed that reasonable limit.

Airlines monitor the serving of booze in relation to time and quantity, we should encourage the same standards at private and public events when guests are going to drive.

Liquor stores should be held accountable for selling booze to people who are drunk and going to drive, it is not rocket science-- nor Carie Nations and prohibition.
2 moderate drinks are enough to break the ice or enjoy a meal.
Have posters about the 2 drink limit in bars and events and deal with binge drinking as we did public smoking.
Public smoking has deceased from 50% to 6% in PA through such means in the last 40yrs

Non of this detracts from the pain of the family involved, we can all support solutions -- what suggestions do you have?

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Posted by an engineer
a resident of Atherton
on Dec 2, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Ferrari (auto) now have a reason to come out with anti-drunk-system or a sensor; where it can detect alcohol level of drivers' breath. The car then shut off or won't start, when the sensor detects alcohol volume in the cargo/passenger/driver.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 7, 2009 at 5:33 pm

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Posted by this is an incorrect story
a resident of Woodside
on Nov 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Ryan was speeding in excess and hit two small trees while returning home. The drunk driver was coming down the hill and did not put on their brakes because they were smashed. The car coming down the hill by Matsurra was ultimately responsible for Ryan's death. The two small trees certainly did not kill Ryan. The car bounced back into the street after hitting the trees. The driver coming down the hill not yielding to the accident and due to his drunkenness and late braking collided with the vehicle flipping it twice extremely quickly. There was plenty of time for a sober driver to stop the vehicle. Ryan was most likely about to get out of the car when the oncoming vehicle smashed into him. It was the grim reaper coming to take Ryan's life. The drunk driver that hit Ryan literally got away with just a DUI and should have been charged with manslaughter. The Ferrari's did not want to press charges or anything because what can be done, the damage has already been done.

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