The victim in the May 5 crash was identified by the Contra Costa County Coroner's Division as 56-year-old Susan Guinee. She worked in the San Lorenzo Unified School District for more than three decades, most recently teaching adapted and modified PE for students with special needs at Arroyo High School.
"During her 31-year teaching career in San Lorenzo Unified, she impacted many students. Please keep Ms. Guinee's family in your thoughts and prayers," Superintendent Daryl Camp said. "The San Lorenzo Unified School District family is extremely saddened by this loss. Support has been and will continue to be available for both students and staff during this difficult time period."
According to San Ramon police Capt. Cary Goldberg, while the crash is still under investigation, it appears that the truck struck Guinee's vehicle at approximately 12:15 p.m. May 5 after running a red light while traveling eastbound on Crow Canyon Road.
The lone occupant of her vehicle, Guinee had been attempting to turn westbound on Crow Canyon Road from Bollinger Canyon Road when she was struck, according to police.
Police officials added that three other involved people were either transported to the hospital by ambulance or treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck has not been identified publicly.
The crash caused a closure of the oft-traveled intersection for approximately four hours.
In the wake of Guinee's death, San Ramon resident David Lawrence has organized a GoFundMe page to raise money to support her family. More than $74,000 in donations had been collected as of press time Wednesday.
The GoFundMe said that Guinee is survived by her son Devin and her live-in mother. The organizer hopes the fundraising page will help provide the family with money for food, rent and funeral expenses during this time.
"Devin and his family have made a massive impact in this community, and they need and deserve help now. Please consider donating whatever you can as soon as you can -- the expenses are real and they're immediate. But also keep the Guinee family in your thoughts and prayers beyond the next few days and weeks. The support they need will be ongoing, and I can't think of a more worthy cause," the GoFundMe page said.
-- Ryan J. Degan
In other news
* Police arrested 29-year-old Pleasanton resident Ronald Ferrari in connection with a stabbing that took place early Sunday morning at the Sports Page Bar and Grill in Mountain View, officials said.
At about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to the 1400 block of Shoreline Boulevard, near the intersection of Plymouth Street, for reports of man who had been stabbed.
According to the callers, the suspect walked away from the scene, and security officers were following him on foot, police said.
The victim, a 19-year-old man from East Palo Alto, was taken to a local hospital with one stab wound to his upper body, police said. He is expected to survive.
A police dog, Thor, found the knife that was used in the stabbing and discarded by the suspect.
Ferrari was located by police and detained without incident, officials said. He was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder. An investigation into what led to the stabbing is ongoing, police said.
-- Bay City News Service
* A Livermore man was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI after clipping a parked car and then crashing his sedan against a house in Pleasanton last Friday evening, according to police.
The situation occurred at about 6 p.m. at the T-intersection of Kirkcaldy Street and Pimlico Drive, right after where West Las Positas Boulevard turns into Kirkcaldy.
The driver, who allegedly later admitted to ingesting fentanyl before getting behind the wheel, hit a parked car while driving on West Las Positas and then continued on Kirkcaldy but failed to turn either right or left at the Pimlico intersection, police said. The car drove on the front yard, then atop a property line divider wall and struck a house.
Nobody outside the car was hurt. The driver, who appeared uninjured, showed signs of illegal drug use and was given a field sobriety test, police said. A subsequent search of his vehicle allegedly revealed illicit items.
Joby Ryan Dendy, 37, was placed under arrest on suspicion of felony DUI (drugs) and possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia and weapons (shurikens, or so-called "throwing stars"), police said.
-- Jeremy Walsh
* San Ramon police arrested a man who allegedly rammed his car into a police vehicle before leading officers on a chase through the city into Danville and then running on the outer side of a freeway overpass fence trying to escape Tuesday morning.
Police said they were able to subdue the suspect -- identified as Juan Vargas, 28, of Tracy -- with a Taser under the Interstate 680 overpass at Sycamore Valley Road to end the situation. Police allege he was driving a stolen car and is suspected of being involved in a recent burglary.
The incident began just before 8 a.m. on Tuesday, when an officer was making a stop on a vehicle near 5000 Crow Canyon Road in San Ramon, according to police.
The driver, later identified as Vargas, suddenly struck the police cruiser with his vehicle and then drove away from the area immediately, police said. Despite sustaining minor injuries that would later require treatment at an area hospital, the officer pursued the suspect as he drove down Crow Canyon Road toward the freeway.
The pursuit continued from Crow Canyon Road near Shoreline Drive onto I-680, where Vargas' vehicle began having unspecified engine issues, police said. The suspect eventually exited the freeway at Sycamore Valley Road and then proceeded to run away on foot.
After jumping the Sycamore Valley Road overpass fence, Vargas allegedly began running on the outside of the fence above the freeway -- I-680 was temporarily shut down in both directions for the suspect's safety, police said.
Police were able to apprehend the suspect underneath the west side of the Sycamore Valley Road overpass in Danville after he was struck with a Taser deployed by police officers.
Police alleged the suspect vehicle had false license plates and had been reported stolen out of San Francisco. Vargas is also suspected of being involved in a recent local burglary according to police, who added that the man was placed under arrest on suspicion of assault against a peace officer, felony evasion, having an outstanding warrant out of San Joaquin County and probation violation.
Tuesday's confrontational arrest took place yards away from the site of the fatal police interaction exactly two months earlier in which Tyrell Wilson was shot by Danville officer Andrew Hall after the homeless man approached the officer knife-in-hand at the Sycamore Valley Road-Camino Ramon intersection. Wilson died at a local hospital from his injuries on March 17.
-- Ryan J. Degan
* The owner of a Bay Area construction firm admitted to committing felony workers' compensation insurance fraud after years of firing employees when they requested medical treatment for work-related injuries, Santa Clara County prosecutors said.
Man Tat Szeto, 71, of San Ramon, was also charged with unemployment insurance tax fraud and money laundering.
Szeto agreed to a plea deal with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, which announced the agreement on May 5 after a two-year investigation performed in coordination with the California Department of Insurance and the state's Department of Industrial Relations.
The agreement requires that Szeto be placed on five years of formal probation, serve nine months in county jail and make restitution of approximately $250,000.
"When unscrupulous employers refuse to pay fair hourly wages, cheat on taxes, and cover-up workplace injuries, they exploit vulnerable individuals as well as our community which must bear the cost of illegality," Deputy DA Mattia Corsiglia said.
Investigators found that employees who frequently worked upwards of 70 hours a week would be paid for only 40 hours. In addition, when an employee injured himself, rather than file an appropriate claim with the employee's insurance company and risk an increase in premium, Szeto simply handed them cash and terminated them.
The Contractors State License Board brought the case to the attention of the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office as a result of suspicious activity that occurred at a new residential construction project in San Jose, prosecutors said.
-- Bay City News Service
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