San Ramon man identified in fatal I-680 crash Around Town, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Aug 14, 2012 at 9:19 am
The Contra Costa County Coroner's Office identified San Ramon resident Merhrdad Emami, 46, as the passenger in a silver BMW that was struck by a Nissan Maxima while headed southbound on Interstate 680 near the Crow Canyon Road exit.
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Posted by Julia, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Aug 14, 2012 at 9:19 am
Of course it was speed and most likely booze plus attitude of drivers. I'm pleased to hear no construction crew were injured...They are out there doing their job...their love ones do not need a call telling them their husband was just killed by some damn drunk and crazy driver.
Posted by Peggy, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Aug 15, 2012 at 8:51 pm
I am also glad no workers were hurt, but what about the poor people who died? You were not a witness so you cannot assume anything. I have to say, I get off work late at night, and drive from San Ramon up to Danville, and I cannot tell you how disorienting those lane changes are in the dark!! They have lights which reflect back in all different directions, and lots of equipment, and the first time I encountered one I came very close to an accident. It is just very hard to see and figure our where to go, and you don't get a lot of warning. The first time I had such a close call I actually questioned myself, thinking, "had I been close to falling asleep at the wheel?".....it felt that weird. The next 5 times I encountered them, I realized it wasn't me, it is the way it is set up. Of course one has to slow waaay down, which I learned after my first experince. But if one comes upon them for the first time, at even a normal speed of 55-60 mph, I absolutely can see a major crash occuring before reaction time sets in. The lighting and the reflection is very very dangerous, and I knew it was just a matter of time before someone was hurt.
Posted by Sally, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Aug 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm
What we know for certain is that this is a tragedy for several families. I sometimes find nighttime driving on 680 disorienting as well with all that construction. Add fatigue to the equation and it's surprising this doesn't happen more often. Many young people have work hours that keep them out until very late, well past midnight. Consider restaurants and movie theaters.
This story breaks my heart and I hope some positive change can come from it somehow.