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2 accidents tie up Pleasanton intersections

Original post made on Nov 7, 2013

Pleasanton police pulled a driver out of his overturned vehicle on Sunol Boulevard during the evening rush hour Thursday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 7, 2013, 5:24 PM

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Posted by Local Resident
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 7, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Bernal Accident: BMW was driving near 85mph. 4 kids in early to mid 20's. All had been drinking. Driver denied driving. Car went through red light heading on bernal coming from the Stanley side towards Village HS direction. One girl more injured than all the others. All will be ok.

Woman and dog in the other car heading from tawny park side down vineyard to dowtown pleasanton. Both sore but will be ok.

Posted by Mom
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Nov 8, 2013 at 8:52 am

Also the time change with darkness descending at rush hour complicates things. People are still getting used to driving in the dark. And the bicyclists are all over the place causing hazards for themselves and drivers. I notice this slow down and increase in traffic accidents every year during the first week after falling back an hour in time.

Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 8, 2013 at 9:01 am

Y'know, bicycles were not a factor in either one of these accidents yesterday. Sounds to me that the hazards are the drivers themselves. Cyclists do have to be careful in the gathering darkness, and they do have responsibilities to obey the road laws and behave like they're not the only vehicles on the road. But I can say that about drivers speeding down residential streets, too...

The Bernal accident looked really serious. I am surprised there were no fatalities...

Posted by jackie
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 8, 2013 at 9:05 am

Dear "Local Resident".....Interesting comment that the BMW was headed towards Village HS....sounds to me it was coming from the Ruby Hills area, why didn't you make THAT distinction. Please don't make assumptions about our kids at Village H.S. There's drinking and drugging going on in ALL of our communities

Posted by Jim Van Dyke (this is my real and complete name)
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 8, 2013 at 10:28 am

Love the comment "...and the bicyclists are all over the place causing hazards...".

My, isn't some auto driver seeing an evolving world through a rather heavily-tinted windshield! It's my observation that there are hazardous travelers in equal proportion operating every type of transportation (car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, shoes), and assuming that one is more likely to cause hazards only betrays prejudice on the part of the source.

Posted by Alice
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 8, 2013 at 11:09 am

Just in the last few days I have seen two bicyclists drive right through red lights in Pleasanton. So, I do agree with the comment about bicyclists causing hazards to themselves and drivers. Last year my husband almost hit a bicyclist that rode right through a red light while we had the right of way while making a left turn. So many of them do not follow the rules of the road and think they are the only ones on the road.

Posted by Robot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 8, 2013 at 11:59 am

I have a solution that will solve the problem of BART workers striking forever. Automate the whole system. Make it work like a horizontal elevator. It would be safer and the savings associated not needing train operators would probably pay for the automation upgrade in just a few years.

Posted by MrsJjhh
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I think the greatest cyclist-related problem is the vast number of people in the area who cycle at night without lights.

It's scarily dangerous and I'm sure it must be illegal; yet the police don't seem to do anything about it. Maybe I'm the only one who lives in fear of not seeing these "invisible" cyclists in time to avoid crashing into them.

Posted by resident across the street
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 9, 2013 at 7:39 am

The area has residental homes. There are people all around taking their daily walks to walking their dogs. There are parents and their small children walking to the park across the street to large group's of cyclist everyday. The cyclist were not the issue in the car accident.

Bernal is a life line for connecting freeway's for Pleasanton and Livermore's residents. Pleasanton has put a radar speed indicator that hasn't stopped the cars from speeding. Since the radar indicator there has been no police radar traps. I'm guessing the police are thinking the radar is going to make people slow down. It hasn't. I see everday cars traveling way over the speed limit from my kitchen window. The day of the car accident I heard the speeding car racing up Bernal towards the intersection of Tawny and Vineyard. They are so lucky they didn't kill anyone!

Posted by Janet
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2013 at 12:08 am

I live right where the Bernal accident happened and called it in. I've reported several accidents at that intersection in the last few years. This was the loudest one yet and it appeared there were serious injuries. The four or five previous accidents all had vehicle damage but no serious injuries like this. It was awful to hear the woman screaming from the car and subsequent moaning. I determined exactly as Local Resident stated that the BMW had been speeding through the intersection. The BMW hit a tree and cracked it in half. If the tree had not been there, the BMW most likely would have hit the residence only a few feet behind the tree. I hear cars zooming by regularly at this spot and I know they're going much faster than the posted speed limit.

Posted by Local resident
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Dec 1, 2013 at 7:33 am

Hi Jeb. Any updates to this story? Never heard of any arrests. Thanks.

Posted by Strawman
a resident of Country Fair
on Dec 1, 2013 at 8:50 am

I think we should blame Bush or Obama for the accident.

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