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Livermore woman dies in San Ramon Valley police chase

DPD: Driver tried to flee police in car stolen from Dublin

A young Livermore woman was killed and two other people were seriously injured in a crash following a police pursuit that started in Danville and ended in San Ramon early Sunday morning, according to Danville police.

Hannah Meecham, 19, was identified as the driver who died after crashing into a tree off Camino Ramon while trying to flee police, according to Danville police chief Steve Simpkins.

Investigators later discovered the car Meecham was driving had been reported stolen from Dublin, Simpkins said in a statement.

The incident began when Danville police officers Valerie Murillo and Emily Neabeack saw a white, four-door Honda driving recklessly at 1:09 a.m. Sunday turning onto Sycamore Valley Road and hopping a curb while trying to get onto southbound Interstate 680, Simpkins said.

The two officers tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver -- later identified as Meecham -- failed to yield and tried to elude police, resulting in a pursuit, according to the police chief.

During the three-minute pursuit, the Honda got off the freeway onto eastbound Crow Canyon Road, then flipped a U-turn at the Iron Horse Regional Trail crossing and turned south onto Camino Ramon, Simpkins said.

The car would soon travel off Camino Ramon at a high rate of speed and strike a tree south of the Bollinger Canyon Road intersection, he added.

San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District personnel were called to the scene and Meecham was pronounced dead on-site, Simpkins said.

Another 19-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man, both from Livermore, were passengers in the Honda, suffered serious injuries in the crash and were transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, the police chief added. The passengers' names were not released.

During the investigation after the crash, authorities determined the Honda had been "recently stolen" from Dublin, Simpkins said.

No charges have been filed, and the incident remains under investigation, he added. The fatality initiated Contra Costa County Fatal Incident Protocol, and the county District Attorney's Office and Sheriff's Office are overseeing the investigation.

Editor's note: In an initial statement Sunday morning, Danville police reported that the car was a two-door Honda and that one officer was involved in the initial traffic-stop attempt.

Comments

24 people like this
Posted by Chris
a resident of California Reflections
on Nov 30, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Sorry for the loss of this young woman's life. A few reckless moments, no doubt after a night of partying and its over. Nothing good happens after midnight. Just split decisions and a life is taken. RIP young girl. Despite your choices here, you are someone's child...


22 people like this
Posted by Do some research
a resident of Amador Estates
on Nov 30, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Wreckless moments after a night of partying?? Why do we give criminals the benefit of the doubt so much these days?? This person was in a STOLEN CAR in the middle of the night with two other people clearly committing crimes, not partying. Just do a google search for Hannah meecham and you will see her pervasive criminal arrest history.

Previous Arrest History
Arrested For: By:
Possession Controlled Substance For Sale Livermore
carrying loaded firearm on person or in vehcile while in public p
Carry concealed firearm upon person - pistol, revolver, or other firearm
CARRY STOLEN LOADED FIREARM Oakland
Possession Controlled Substance For Sale Livermore
Petty Theft Livermore
Possession Controlled Substance For Sale
Drive W/License Suspended For Drunk Driving
Hit And Run Resulting In Property Damage
carrying loaded firearm on person or in vehcile while in public p
Carry concealed firearm upon person - pistol, revolver, or other firearm
CARRY STOLEN LOADED FIREARM Livermore
Petty Theft Alameda
Possession Of Burglar'S Tools Alameda
Giving False Information To A Peace Officer
Petty Theft Livermore
Possession Controlled Substance For Sale
Possession Of Burglar'S Tools
Petty Theft
Drive W/License Suspended For Drunk Driving
Hit And Run Resulting In Property Damage Livermore
Possession Of Burglar'S Tools
Petty Theft
Receive/Etc Known Stolen Property Over $200
Take Vehicle W/O Owner'S Consent
Drive While License Suspended
Hit And Run
Evading P.O.:Wanton Disregard For Safety
evasion - wonton disregard for safety Oakland

And remember, she was only 19 so this was all very recent. Stop giving criminals a break


16 people like this
Posted by chris
a resident of Civic Square
on Nov 30, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Whether she made some bad choices in life or not doesn't mean she deserved death. She was still only 19 and had the rest of her life to turn things around.


8 people like this
Posted by Do some research
a resident of Amador Estates
on Nov 30, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Chris, you automatically assumed she ran from the cops after " no doubt a night of partying" and making a "few" bad choices. This was a legitimate criminal with an extensive history wrecklessly driving a stolen car and putting everyone in her path in danger. My point is the trend among people these days, without having any information whatsoever, is to to take sides and show sympathy for these scumbags. Don't be so quick to assume next time


17 people like this
Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 30, 2015 at 3:47 pm

A tragic story. May she Rest In Peace.


6 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 30, 2015 at 7:02 pm

It is unfortunate this individual chose a life of crime and it ultimately led to her own death (really suicide if you think about it). Let it be a lesson for others that while some get away with it, it catches up. If only this individual would have thought of herself as someone's daughter, sister, and/or mother.


34 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton is hell
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 1, 2015 at 1:36 am

Ya know what, after reading some of these negative comments, those who passed judgement shouldn't say anything at all . I went to school with Hannah and the other female in the vehicle . And though she may have a criminal history does not mean she's some piece of trash you see on the street and just walk by it. You help guide it by leading it where it is supposed to be . She hasn't had an easy life and probably has been very misguided throughout her life but that doesn't mean she was a bad person. I know for a fact that since the negative comments are comin from Pleasanton that y'all act like you guys are just perfect and make no mistakes. I grew up in that town and snobby people like you don't see the light when you pass away I promise you that.


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