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Six injured after car crashes into downtown Palo Alto coffee shop

Original post made on Jul 31, 2014

One person was critically injured and five suffered less serious injuries Thursday afternoon after a vehicle crashed into University Coffee Cafe in downtown Palo Alto, prompting police to shut down a section of University Avenue to traffic.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 31, 2014, 1:10 PM

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Posted by Mike Keenly
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 31, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I wish for those who were injured in this mishap a speedy recovery.

This type of 'accident' is completely needless. The DMV has to become much more vigilant in revoking the licenses of those who are in the mental state where they get the accelerator and brake pedals confused.

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Posted by pedestrian
a resident of another community
on Jul 31, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Police are reporting that the driver was in his 90s. This collision sounds eerily similar to the one in Menlo Park last year when two boys were nailed by a car that jumped the curb. Why are sidewalks always so close to parking spaces?

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Posted by Mike Keenly
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 31, 2014 at 3:20 pm


The parking spaces where the Menlo Park incident happened are diagonal to the sidewalk. If a driver doesn't back out of the parking space, he can easily go forward onto the sidewalk.

Along this section of University Ave. in Palo Alto, cars are parked parallel to the sidewalk which generally provides a buffer to pedestrians from street traffic, unless someone drives up onto the sidewalk at the intersection, which is apparently what happened in this situation.

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