River Road crash kills 2 teen girls

River Road crash kills 2 teen girls

There are 159 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Apr 11, 2010, titled River Road crash kills 2 teen girls. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

An informal memorial service attracted close to 200 people Saturday at Salinas High School to remember two students who died late Friday night in an automobile accident at Las Palmas Parkway and River Road.

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billy

Salinas, CA

#1 Apr 11, 2010
tragic
Carolyn

Milpitas, CA

#2 Apr 11, 2010
The Peninsula is in mourning...such a tragic event.
Fred

United States

#3 Apr 11, 2010
What in the world were teenage girls driving out at 11:30 pm. They should have been home with their parents. The driver was not paying attention and following the rules and waiting for the traffic to pass before pulling out in front of the truck, killing two of them and injuring a third., as well as putting the passengers in the other vehicle at harm.
something has to change

Salinas, CA

#5 Apr 11, 2010
VERY sorry for all the parents, family and friends

tragic, heart braking

my condolences to all
British Bulldog

Hilmar, CA

#6 Apr 11, 2010
Very sad. May their souls rest in peace. I did not know them, but for life to be cut so short... Horribly tragic.

Let this be a lesson to all parents who love their children. These unfortunate events usually take place late at night. Teenagers are not yet experienced drivers, not yet mature in their experences with life, easily distracted. Studies have shown that even their brains don't mature until their late 20's!! Don't allow them to leave the house after 10PM!!!
Argus

Monterey, CA

#8 Apr 11, 2010
All kids should be kept locked in padded cells until the age of 25. It's just common sense.
Fred

United States

#7 Apr 11, 2010
British Bulldog wrote:
Very sad. May their souls rest in peace. I did not know them, but for life to be cut so short... Horribly tragic.
Let this be a lesson to all parents who love their children. These unfortunate events usually take place late at night. Teenagers are not yet experienced drivers, not yet mature in their experences with life, easily distracted. Studies have shown that even their brains don't mature until their late 20's!! Don't allow them to leave the house after 10PM!!!
well said., and you are absolutely right about their brains developing and their attention span.
Joscelyn

Salinas, CA

#9 Apr 11, 2010
I am so sorry for the loss of this two young girls. I'm sure their families are devastated and guilt ridden and thinking...what should we have done to prevent this? Frankly, it reinforced for me that my grandkids have from their parents, very strict rules about driving as teen-agers. Ever vigilant. That's what parents have to do. But then, this still could happen to anyone. I've looked at all the facebook pages and comments. Nothing will make it better. No second guessing...sorrow and grief is what we're left with.
Joscelyn

Salinas, CA

#11 Apr 11, 2010
I agree with Lisa. So far, it doesn't appear that alcohol was involved as far as the driver. Probably just poor 16-year old judgment. That's why I think parents need to be watchful over their teen-age drivers. They have access to a car, a cell phone, and talkative friends they're transporting, plus some loud music on the radio, cd's or ipods, most likely. Many distractions...not enough conservative restraint, while driving. In the end...TRAGIC. Parents!!! This is lesson to you all who really care. Keep educating and restricting your teenagers.
Reefer Man

Salinas, CA

#12 Apr 11, 2010
Fred wrote:
What in the world were teenage girls driving out at 11:30 pm. They should have been home with their parents.
Dude- this is Salinas, not Saudi Arabia. Summon some respect and sympathy and don't try to blame grieving family members for what sounds like a random and senseless tragedy.
Lisa

Salinas, CA

#13 Apr 11, 2010
Joscelyn wrote:
I agree with Lisa. So far, it doesn't appear that alcohol was involved as far as the driver. Probably just poor 16-year old judgment. That's why I think parents need to be watchful over their teen-age drivers. They have access to a car, a cell phone, and talkative friends they're transporting, plus some loud music on the radio, cd's or ipods, most likely. Many distractions...not enough conservative restraint, while driving. In the end...TRAGIC. Parents!!! This is lesson to you all who really care. Keep educating and restricting your teenagers.
Thank you. Yes, I know FIRST hand...alcohol was not the cause. Nice, wonderful kids. Too many victims in this. Parents squeeze the love out of your kids every chance you get, they are on loan from God...take every chance you have.
stoverwench

Springfield, OR

#14 Apr 11, 2010
My first comment is to the parents of these two beautiful daughters-do not let these ignorant blog posters rip your hearts out or trample you as parents. Do not let these idiots who do not have the facts( that you have received from the CHP, Monterey County SO, who do not know the full story at all including the actual time this occurred)Judge you. My prayers and thoughts of you as parents are with you.
My next comment is to each and every individual who has criticize and passed judgement on these parents as well as as the girls who were killed in this tragic incident. Nothing is more despicable than people like you who hide behind the cloak of anonymity. How would you like it if you were in their position and being accused of being negligent parents? How would you like it if you received that kind of criticism from others who did not have the information that you have, the full truth that isn't written in any newspaper? How do any of you know what really happened? Leave these parents alone in their grief.Instead of being such cowards and throwing the first stone, how about you re-examining your consciences of how your hurtful and pious comments have affected these families.
Lisa

Salinas, CA

#15 Apr 11, 2010
stoverwench wrote:
My first comment is to the parents of these two beautiful daughters-do not let these ignorant blog posters rip your hearts out or trample you as parents. Do not let these idiots who do not have the facts( that you have received from the CHP, Monterey County SO, who do not know the full story at all including the actual time this occurred)Judge you. My prayers and thoughts of you as parents are with you.
My next comment is to each and every individual who has criticize and passed judgement on these parents as well as as the girls who were killed in this tragic incident. Nothing is more despicable than people like you who hide behind the cloak of anonymity. How would you like it if you were in their position and being accused of being negligent parents? How would you like it if you received that kind of criticism from others who did not have the information that you have, the full truth that isn't written in any newspaper? How do any of you know what really happened? Leave these parents alone in their grief.Instead of being such cowards and throwing the first stone, how about you re-examining your consciences of how your hurtful and pious comments have affected these families.
YES! If they don't have something nice to say, keep it to themself! I have heard so many buzzing rumors. Stop the madness. BTW I would love to meet a person that can tell me they have never made a bad judgement in a car. Stop judging.
oh boy

New Cuyama, CA

#18 Apr 11, 2010
Is this the Giammanco's that were in construction and the mom in real estate? Only asking cus I knew them a long time ago. My kids went to pre-school with theirs. In any case, it's absolutely tragic and my condolences to all families involved.
Fred

United States

#19 Apr 11, 2010
Lisa wrote:
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Wow you are a piece of work. All accidents are preventable in some fashion, but we have to live our lives which means getting in a car and driving. BTW and accident can happen anytime of the day. As far as the Lexus comment...who are you to judge? How do you know anything about that? So are you saying it would have been different in a Honda. You should mind your own business.
The sign says STOP ! How hard is it to quit texting, chatting, listening to loud music, etc., etc. A number of things. Teens just do not drive that well. How hard is it to sit at the stop sign until the traffic passes through? Unless your so preoccupied with your cell phones, texting, partying and ignoring the rules of driving. Stop, Look Both ways, and PROCEED WHEN SAFE.(THIS RULE WOULD HAVE SAVED LIVES, NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF VEHICLE THE GIRLS WERE DRIVING IN) The driver was not paying attention, and took her life and the lives of others.
Fred

United States

#20 Apr 11, 2010
Heh wrote:
There is nothing random about teenagers causing a fatal accident at 11:30pm at night, driving a Lexus. Well I don't know, maybe in the rich carefree communities of the Peninsula it is, but everywhere else we like to call reality, it's not.
When parents are carelessly putting keys into the hands of kids like this, sometimes the dice are gonna come up craps.
It's tragic, but it was completely preventable!
16 YEARS OLD. JUST GOT DRIVERS LICENSE. NOT MUCH [email protected] 16, I SURE WASN'T OUT DRIVING MY FRIENDS AROUND AT SUCH AN HOUR !
Lisa

Salinas, CA

#21 Apr 11, 2010
I understand the "practical" people out there saying this could be prevented. If you are interested in making a difference write to your congressmen and tell them to change the driving age. I am sure that the parents wish they could go back and do it different, but they CAN'T. Keep the families, and all involved in mind.Be more sensitive. If you really want to make a difference find something productive to do. Do not judge, it will not change anything that has already happened.
Joscelyn

Salinas, CA

#22 Apr 11, 2010
Lisa, I agree with you. These days, 16 may be too young to be given a driver's license. They all have cell phones, i-touches, ipods. It's not like driving in 1965 where all you had to distract you is the am radio. It's a horrible tragedy and an even more troubling dilemma. When I drive, I barely listen to the radio, do not answer my cell and just concentrate on driving. When you're young, you feel invincible. I am so sad and not critical of anyone involved. Just want the parents to feel comfort from the overwhelming sadness that that everyone in the county feels. Also hope that something productive comes out of the discussions that all parents have with their kids about driving and safety as a result of this accident.
concerned citizen

Salinas, CA

#24 Apr 11, 2010
My sympathy goes out to both families. But why where the girls out so late I keep asking myself??? They were only 16 years old. May these two beautiful girls rest in peace.
RobinWatsonville

United States

#25 Apr 11, 2010
Look,

These girls are in Gods' hands now. All we can do as parents is teach our kids how to stay out of trouble as much as possible.

Driving a vehicle is a dangerous endeavor. People forget that vehicles are nothing less than 2000-3000lb bullets. Miscalculations can be fatal. Taking your kids and paying for a defensive driving course is a good way to ensure your kids and yourselves will get home.

To the families of the girls, You have my sincerest condolences, you will be in my prayers.

To the driver of the mazda p/u. Accidents happen,
This could have happened to anybody. Nothing we do today will bring those girls back.

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