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Livermore Woman Dies in Accident Along Isabel and East Jack London

Juana Guzman, 60, was a passenger who died after receiving severe injuries from this morning's two-car accident.

From Livermore Police Department

On September 17, 2012 approximately 10:06 a.m., Livermore Police Department Officers responded to Isabel Avenue and East Jack London Boulevard for a two vehicle traffic collision.

The collision resulted in a female passenger receiving severe injuries. The female, identified as Juana Guzman (60 year old Livermore resident) was transported to Eden Hospital where life-saving efforts were initiated.

Guzman ultimately succumbed to her injuries and died at the hospital. The collision is currently under investigation; however, impaired driving is not suspected as being a factor. 

The Livermore Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating this collision and urges anyone who may have witnessed it to contact Officer Dave Boyes at (925) 371-4896.

This is the third fatal traffic collision to occur in Livermore in 2012. The Livermore Police Department would like to remind all drivers to be constantly vigilant, maintain safe speeds, and keep safety as a primary concern when driving.

Through a partnership in traffic safety with the Livermore Police Department, together we can ensure no further traffic fatalities in the City of Livermore in 2012.

Californicated1 September 18, 2012 at 01:48 AM
We will probably see a lot more accidents like that, especially after the reconfiguration of Isabel and Airway Bouleavard is complete and Isabel is widened if CalTrans sticks to the plans that Guy Houston used to mail out to us monthly when he was a State Assembly member.
The Real Anon September 18, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Was this a right of way violation? That intersection is signal controlled so how in the hell do you crash into another car unless someone is not paying the slightest attention to what they are doing.
Kd September 18, 2012 at 06:50 AM
Tragic for everyone involved. Dangerous intersection. Our condolences to the family. Rest in peace Juana. I will always remember your beautiful smile.
Nicole September 18, 2012 at 01:36 PM
So sorry for every one who knew her. The vehicle she was traveling in ran the red light on a left hand turn and got hit by oncoming traffic.
Melissa Lin Martinez September 18, 2012 at 02:11 PM
And they were SO CLOSE to home! SO SAD! My heart especially goes out to her 86 yr. old mother!
Trevor Tooze September 18, 2012 at 02:39 PM
There are plenty of drivers that exceed the limit, but you are wrong, when you say "no one", and you are wrong when you say the police do not enforce the speed limits. Next time you see a police car behind you, accelerate, and you will find out for yourself.
libertus_rebelium September 18, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Way too much speeding in this town. No facts to say that was a factor here but being on a motorcycle in front of you huge trucks that want to go 60 on Murrieta is terrifying. Sadly, I predict that if people started to get pulled over more for their speeding, then we'd see a rash of whiners complaining that the PD are just trying to make quota stops or some other nonsense. Just look at the comments in stories about checkpoints on high drinking holidays for a preview of how folks will react to being called out on their dangerous behavior.
Carly September 18, 2012 at 03:47 PM
its possible the other driver was distracted.
Nicole September 18, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Carly, the car she was riding in ran a red right making a left hand turn. It's sadly a preventable tragedy.
Carla Biermann September 18, 2012 at 08:41 PM
We just now 1:15 pm left 580 onto Isabel/84. There was pretty heavy traffic backed up due to the flagman at the construction area. A small black car, license plate #6WBH442 pulled out from behind us and drove up the middle line aways!! That could certainly have caused an accident if we didn't let him in front of us -:( Carla
Jose September 18, 2012 at 10:40 PM
For all the people who like to assume ! This is my family you want to jump to conclusions , n be a ass thinking you all know everything accidents happen. Someone lost a mother, wife and and a great person in general. While our family mourns the loss, we would appreciate you keep your negative coments to yourself.
Peggy September 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Guzman family. If Juana was anything like her husband whom I've had the pleasure of working with then the world lost a beautiful woman.
Styler September 18, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Jose, don't let these idiots get to you. There are so many judgemental people on here that think they know everything about everything here in Livermore. My condolences to you and your family. May you find peace in knowing that another angel looks down on you all. **hugs**
Robert September 19, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Bravo-couldn't have said that better myself...thanks for taking the words right outta my mouth
Melissa Lin Martinez September 19, 2012 at 01:04 AM
God Bless Juana Guzman's family!R.I.P.My daughter has been adopted into that family,so Juana was her "tia".Fly with the angels,Juana♥
The Real Anon September 19, 2012 at 06:08 AM
Thats kinda what I figured. People need to pay better attention. Now a woman is dead because someone was in a hurry or was not even looking at the signals at all.
The Real Anon September 19, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Right of way violation, speeding not the cause of the accident.
Shannon September 19, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I live in this area and it seems to me that cars are going much faster on Jack London. The traffic on Isabel is zooming faster than the posted speed limit of 40mph that's for sure. I hope that Livermore police will be showing more of a presence in these areas, especially during commute hours when more people are rushing thru.
Robert September 20, 2012 at 05:10 PM
so answer the question...you said "I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT THIS DRIVER WAS NEITHER TEXTING NOR IMPAIRED". HOW do you "KNOW FOR A FACT"?
Bernadette September 21, 2012 at 04:56 AM
We had the pleasure of having Juana in our lives for a short time. We will never forget her kindness. She will be missed. Our love and prayers go out to her family. God bless you all. Bernie and Cody
Becky September 21, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I called the LPD traffic department and asked them to enforce on my street since people drive 40 in a 25 zone, and the officer mentioned that if they are using radar, they can't stop anyone unless they are going over 38 mph! In a 25 mph zone! That means you can go 13 miles over the speed limit, they probably won't catch you. I didn't ask them to elaborate, but it must be some kind of state law. I was really shocked to learn that the police have this limitation placed on them. And if they do a traffic study, and find that most drivers are driving 35 or 40, they are mandated by the state to raise the speed limit to 30 mph, like they did on Chestnut. Does that mean people will be free to go 43 mph?
Onofre September 21, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Jose - I wanted to let you know that i am a cousin to Jenny - Jenny is the only name I ever knew her as. I'm 56 and we grew up together with my folks often leaving me with Tia Cunda (Jenny's Mom to others out there) at the house at the end of Falcon Way and Jenny would be the one taking care of us - this was back in the late 50's and 60's. I live in Portland, Oregon and will be flying in for the services. I'll be picking up my Mom and Dad (my Dad was first cousin with Ambrosio - Jenny's late father and they grew up together in San Pablo, Jalisco). My folks live in the Salinas Valley and we will make the drive up on Saturday morning. My parents are Onofre and Beatriz Contreras. She has been speaking to Jenny's Mom. Such a sad loss. I have not seen her in many years - and it is terrible that funerals seem to turn into the only place where family reunites. I hope that you will look for my parents and we can meet. Right now is not the time to assign blame or responsibility (so I too try to ignore those who use this venue for their spouting of views) - it is time for family to grieve together and remember a gentle soul - she was so much of the glue that held family together. Abrazo.
Darwinian Justice September 21, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Congratulations - Jack London went from being a larger road to now being one of the main thoroughfares into Livermore, more or less. You can thank your city and county leaders for shoving that Isabel exit through. But don't worry: this configuration change has reduced traffic at the 580/680 junction! You can thank Haggerty for that! http://livermore.patch.com/articles/county-supervisor-talks-budget-and-transportation
Laura September 23, 2012 at 05:20 PM
This is the intersection I went through about 6 weeks ago that went from green light to red light with no yellow in between. Had to slam on my brakes.
LL September 24, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I believe that the police officer lied to you, because I was driving at 33 mph in a 25 mph and caught by radar. I was pulled over and ticketed.
Californicated1 September 24, 2012 at 02:43 AM
The problem with Chestnut was that it was configured to be a 4-lane street and just like Livermore Avenue, was going through a residential area. But when they reconfigured First Street through downtown back in 2005, it was also noticed that a good deal of the downtown street parking wound up on Chestnut. So eventually, the city had to reconfigure Chestnut to be a two-lane street, much like Olivina is on the other side of "P". But since they have torn down that shopping center between First and Raiload behind downtown Livermore, that has also opened up a lot of parking and taken that traffic off of Chestnut and put it back on Railroad. Since reconfiguring Chestnut, I believe the posted Speed Limit is back to 25 for its entire length, even though some folks like to treat the stretches around "L" Street like it is an autobahn, which is still a 4-way stop with stop signs. It is an easier drive now than it was when it was 4 lanes. As for the pedestrian traffic, the worst of that experience is still where "L" Street crosses Chestnut, because there are no marked crosswalks, only "implied" ones. And then there's that goofy merge lane from "P" Street past the undercrossing that goes right onto Chestnut and that much of that traffic ignores pedestrians trying to cross "P" or Chestnut there.
The Real Anon September 24, 2012 at 04:21 PM
This accident doesn't have anything to do with speed, as it was a right of way violation. The safe limit on such a large street like Isabel with fully controlled intersections is obviously higher than 40mph anyway as the posted limit is supposed to be based on the 85th percentile speed. Are you sure its 40? I thought it was higher, like 45 or 50. It is impossible to believe that 85% of the cars are driving at 40 or below, so clearly the prevailing speeds are much much higher, and the city should probably do a traffic survey to establish what that speed actually is. I would guess that the posted limit (if its 40) is at least 5mph too low.
The Real Anon September 24, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Yah, that's definitely not the case. LPD can and does cite for much lower speeds than that. I'd guess that as little as 5 mph over would do it. I recall that on Concannon they had it posted at 35 and indicated that tickets written under 42 probably wouldn't survive a challenge. But I'd say that's a wobbler because most drivers don't fight their tickets anyway, or know how to put on a good defense when they do. But they base their policies on those factors. Obviously if you're speeding towards an intersection, the officer will see that as a much different situation than if you were speeding away from one. That is where the discretion of the officer comes into play. Either you've exceeded the threshold where they have decided to cite everyone, or the unique circumstances warrants the citation.
Becky September 25, 2012 at 04:40 AM
The police said they could cite you for much lower speeds if they are tracking your speed by pacing you in their car. I don't know why it's different with radar. Maybe there is some margin of error with the electronic equipment.
Guzma November 03, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Juana will always be the center of our family both in life and death, she is our angel and always will be. As our family heals the big hole her passing has left in our hearts ... we remember her warmth and positive spirit that she embodied and honor her life by staying positie and sharing her love of life with others.

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