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Teens Injured in Street Racing Collision

Del Valle High School students admit to speed contest that ended in crash on Patterson Pass Road.

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Teens were injured in a street-racing collision Tuesday.

At about 2:25 p.m., police received 9-1-1 calls of a traffic collision in the 6400 block of Patterson Pass Road. When emergency personnel arrived on scene, they found a black Ford Mustang and a red Infiniti G35 with major damage to both vehicles.

Witnesses reported seeing the two vehicles side by side on eastbound Patterson Pass Road at Vasco Road. The two vehicles appeared to be engaged in a speed contest when one of the vehicles lost control and collided with the other.

The collision caused the red Infiniti to swerve off the roadway, collide with a tree, roll over and come to rest on its wheels against the perimeter fence of the . The driver of the Mustang lost control of the vehicle as it swerved to the left, over the center median and across the opposite lanes of traffic. The Mustang then collided with a fire hydrant, shearing the hydrant off at its base causing a large water leak.

The driver of the Infiniti is an 18-year-old Livermore resident and a student at . The driver of the Mustang is a 17-year-old Livermore resident and also a student at Del Valle High School. 

Both drivers admitted their involvement in a speed contest prior to the collision.  The 18-year-old driver and his passenger were later transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The 17-year-old driver and his passenger were uninjured in the collision. Both drivers were determined to be “at fault” drivers in this collision and both will be cited. 

The traffic safety theme for the month of January is “Teen Driver Safety,” and the police department is conducting focused enforcement surrounding the high schools in an effort to help educate our community’s teen drivers on the importance of obeying the rules of the road. .

Sergeant John Hurd stated, “It’s unfortunate that this collision occurred. It’s a reminder to us that our newest drivers, teen drivers, are often involved in collisions in Livermore. Whether it is because of their lack of experience; distractions in the vehicle such as cellphones, texting, the radio or friends; or, the teen’s lack of attention to rules of the road, we see quite a few collisions where the teen driver is at fault. The teens involved in this collision were lucky, their injuries could have been much worse. We are hoping that parents of teen drivers can talk to their teens about reducing distractions while driving, driving within the rules of the road, and not engaging in risky driving behaviors. Together we can reduce the number of collisions involving teenage drivers in our city.”

The Livermore Police Department will continue to focus efforts on both education and enforcement to teen drivers throughout the year. As an example of this enforcement, a 16-year-old driver was stopped for traveling at 46 mph in a 25 mph zone on Wall Street in front of on Jan. 5. This driver was issued a citation for his speed and his father was contacted. The father expressed his appreciation for being advised of his son’s driving behavior.

On Jan. 6, an officer stopped a GHS student for speeding on Wall Street.  The female student claimed to be playing a game (Assassin) with other students, and she was fleeing from them to avoid being “assassinated.”  This student’s parent was also contacted regarding the driver’s behavior.

Baluga January 14, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Julia, you bring up the idea of Right vs Wrong, but I do not see street racing in an isolated location as wrongdoing. If it was forcing individuals to get involved in the race then that would be wrong. All four of the teens that were involved clearly knew the risks, and still took part in the street race. Saying that these 4 individuals didnt "know any better" is ridiculous, even an elementary school student knows there are dangers involved. The simple fact that all four of the teens were wearing their seatbelts is evidence enough that they knew what they were getting themselves into. Like I said before, it's their body, their money, their car, their choice; nobody outside of the two vehicles were put at risk. Nothing wrong here at all. And dont tell me disobeying the law is wrong, because it is not. Following orders mindlessly, without thinking, is wrong. The one characteristic that trumps all other characteristics, is courage, nothing is more important than courage in a human being, and I guarantee that these teens were not lacking in courage like so many teens are nowadays.
cmk January 14, 2012 at 05:17 PM
You can cannot group children together and put a label on the whole lot. Children from every school make dumb, terrible and even fatal mistakes as we have all witnessed even recently here in LIvermore. Did you know that some kids attend Del Valle to accomodate their full time jobs as they are the provider for their family? Did you know that Del Valle requires more respect from their students than the other high schools in town? Did you know that there is more accountability at Del Valle than the other high schools in town? All children blossom, find their individuality and mature at completely different times, its called genetics and environment. Nature or Nurture is the debate of the ages. It's a little of both. It is very easy to be ignorant and opinionated when you are defending something about yourself that you are not ready to confront. Kids in school are a good thing period. Who has extra money and who doesn't have extra money to spend on expensive cars is a completely separate conversation. Take the time to drive by the school or even visit before you throw out self-absorbed and bias opinions.
Mrs J. January 14, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I liked that Tami :)
Mrs J. January 14, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Well glad KELLY didn't see it! LOL... I guess she did on mine, like she's perfect! Whatever!
cmk January 14, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Julia - are you actually trying to sound ridiculous to get a response or does it just come naturally? You are a crack-up (or a crack-pot, who knows). Step outside the forest and look at how you are representing yourself, you are a laugh a minute!
Mrs J. January 14, 2012 at 06:05 PM
GOOD POINT! THANK YOU!
Speedie B January 14, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Glad to hear no one was seriously hurt, but not sad that they crashed their expensive cars either. This should be a hard lesson for them to learn you can't just do whatever you want whenever you, like Baluga Whale would like us to believe. Street racing within city limits is illegal. If they want to have fun and play the game of seeing who's 3,500+ pound vehicle is faster, then they are now well-aware of the consequences of such actions. Thank god they still have the opporunity to make furture choices about how to have fun, and hopefully, use this experience to make better choices. No one is perfect ,we all make mistakes (except for Baluga who is self-professed wise and great), and these kids now have a second chance to decide which direction they want their future to be -- I hope they find strength and support from their parents and within themselves to make better choices. And, though not all laws are good ones, they are put in place for a reason. You have to weigh the risk as to whether you want to break it for your own satisfaction. Challenging rules and laws is courageous, but that is only when these laws are wrong and you are right. Arrogance is when you think you are right and everbody else is wrong, but in fact, everybody else is right. Most arrogant people don't see it in themselves. "The hardest thing is not doing the right thing, but knowing what the right thing is."
cmk January 15, 2012 at 02:44 AM
or is it Mrs. J now....
Baluga January 15, 2012 at 09:23 AM
No, i agree with some of what you said speedie. Actually, u said some of the same stuff that I did in my previous posts (i guess you didnt read all of it). I am not all wise and great at all btw, im just confident i will be in the future. And I disagree with the last bit, the one that is right is the one who knows, not necessarily the majority.
Steve January 15, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Always watch out for people who use God for a public annotation they are the devil.
Mrs J. January 16, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Hi KELLY, whoever you are? I'm SORRY if you THINK I'm being JUDGMENTAL, but so are YOU with your input on my spelling and grammar, who are YOU to judge that? What are you "MY TEACHER" and I'm HAPPY for you and your son, you must be a PROUD MOM! Please "THANK HIM" for serving our COUNTRY! BTW >>> YES... I SUPPORT THAT and I also support and is a part of a group called "Warriors Watch Riders." So back to Del Valle High School... yes in some case's some fail, but not all... and I was pointing out a fact on my two poor nephews, who have parents who "DON'T CARE" about their future and I do... Your Welcome!
Mrs J. January 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM
CMK, whoever you are? Your a mean ugly hearted person! You must be a true JOY to live with? And I know for a fact you will eat the fruit of your speech! Have a nice day! BYE! And THAT'S JULIA TO YOU!
James Buckley January 16, 2012 at 09:06 AM
This blog is amazing, 45 comments with many arguments from one extreme to another on the cause and effect of two young kids racing and wrecking their cars. Fact : Young people have been wrecking cars since Henry Ford invented them. Reason : Maturity levels are low when you have only been alive for 16 years and you have little concept or fear of death or dyeing when you are that age. Solution: You have to be old enough and lived long enough to learn responsibility by financially supporting yourself and paying the same monthly bills your parents have. Kids that have to work months and years to buy and pay for their own and first car have a gage of the time and money it took to buy the car and have second thoughts about endangering and tearing up their first personal investment of time and money. Kids that have cars handed to them do what has happened in this story because of the lack of worth and value the car has to them, other than personal entertainment and thrill seeking at their parents expense. End of story, so please stop attacking each other over something that has happened since the automobile was invented and will continue to happen long after we are all gone from this world. It is simply a fact of life and maturity and human nature.
MagnusT January 16, 2012 at 08:19 PM
If you think this is bad, have a look at some of the comments being posted about the alleged sexual misconduct of a teacher in town.
MagnusT January 16, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Mrs J., all I've seen you contribute in these comments is your ignorance, hatred, and vitriol. Since all we have here are words with which to judge people, your words indicate that you are a very ugly person with a lot of emotional problems. I'll be happy to retract these words if you can exhibit any kind of response that would indicate I have misjudged you, but your words to this point have been very clear.
MagnusT January 16, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I know teenagers that are far more respectful and intelligent than most of the "adults" commenting here.
Your Wife Your Life January 17, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Thank God all the kids are ok. Their parents must be having the moment of peace hugging their children; relieved that they are ok.
cmk January 20, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Mrs J/Julia...whoever you are today...thank you for taking the time to prove my point.
Mrs J. January 20, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Hey MagnusT and cmk, BAHAHAHA!!! Your both little Men with little... Big words, big mouths, behind your computer! Your mother's must be so proud to have raised a bunch of jackwagon's! Picking on a women is seriously messed up and so disrespectful... or didn't your parents ever teach you guy's any manners? I wonder if you guy's are married? I'm going to say that would be a BIG NO!!! "SO MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS, CAUSE ME AND OTHERS ARE NOT INTERESTED IN HEARING WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY!" BYE BYE!! Oh and that would be MrsJULIA to you two!! :D
Mrs J. January 20, 2012 at 03:49 AM
LOL!
Mrs J. January 20, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Oh ya, like you! Anyway! I bet your just as opinionated on FB! :) You must LOVE hearing the sound of your own voice, lol...
cmk January 21, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Julia/Mrs J/Fake person? Are you now professing to be clairvoyant as well as ignorant, presumptuous and uneducated all rolled in to one package? How would you know if cmk is a man or a woman? I am done with you but you are definitely a spectacle.
Steve January 21, 2012 at 06:55 AM
I think all you guys are bored.What scares me is if you vote.No wonder we have monkey boy in office,no wonder our nation is so goofy now it's folks like you lot.COO KOO!.I don't like having to share the air with your lot.
Chris Peeters January 22, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Granted this being a bit off topic at first, my wife and I reviewed this entire post and it only illustrates the world we live in. People learn ( or struggle to learn) from mistakes for most of their lives. From reckless driving, marrying that wrong person or saying the wrong thing to someone that makes you cringe with regret every time you think about it. Some of our mistakes are subtle and some can potentially make the news as this story. It's amazing that we as people may critique our young for their actions but we don't realize that our own actions, whether they be physical or verbal, can do a lot of harm as well. It shows the nature of ourselves to be debatable, arrogant and racist. Aside from my wife, I never went further than a high school education ( Foothill High). I did a lot of the aforementioned mistakes with knowing ( and not) the consequences. We both worked for our first cars and understood that value quite clearly. We try to share that same value with our own son. He will continue to learn as well we. As we hope that not only the 4 teenagers involved in this accident but the commentators on this blog have learned something about this event. We can be driving the streets along side these kids as well as pushing shopping carts along side each other at the same grocery store in the future without knowing such at all. Actually getting along.
Maria Harral March 15, 2012 at 02:33 AM
does anyone feel bad for them just because they got hurt, but i bet you wouldn't feel that way if they hurt and innocent bystander/citizen. luckily they only damaged their cars and reputation and city property. I wonder if they bought those cars with their own money or of its their parents car.
Renee Haugen March 15, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Why has this discussion been allowed to continue?
Steve March 15, 2012 at 07:39 PM
K you are the degenerate.I bet I know how you think F.U. I got mine too bad.Now! I can sit up here and pronounce judgement and label "those" people.You K are what is wrong with the world!!.
Maria Harral March 16, 2012 at 02:48 AM
why? what's wrong with that, just trying to raise awairness thats all
cody April 12, 2012 at 03:08 PM
It would be nice to have a local drag strip. Im 17, and i wish i had a drag strip to open up my truck. I built my truck my self. I learned from my father and it kills me inside that i built a hotrod and cant have funn at least once a month. Im almost posotive just from being a guy the testosterne is what fuels my need for speed and compitition. Sory for the spelling im on my phone. Haha
Speedie B April 12, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I agree with you, Cody. East Bay does need a drag strip and there was talk about a 1/8 mile strip, but don't know whatever happened to that discussion. A 1/4 mile strip would be safer. Just my opinion.

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