Woman killed, five hurt in Lafayette chain-reaction crash

There are 39 comments on the Contra Costa Times story from Mar 22, 2007, titled Woman killed, five hurt in Lafayette chain-reaction crash. In it, Contra Costa Times reports that:

A woman died and five people were hurt Thursday afternoon in a chain-reaction crash on Stanley Boulevard at Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette police said.

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doctor g

Pleasanton, CA

#1 Mar 23, 2007
hmmm
Anon

Walnut Creek, CA

#2 Mar 23, 2007
OMG.... It was totally freaky.... It was interneational night at Acalanes and there was that traffic plus it was six o'clock
Greg

San Francisco, CA

#3 Mar 23, 2007
Dale wasmy couson and more like a brother. Unlike the HIGH SPEED driver of the BMW, I've got the time to make sure you pay for this!!!!
Concerned

Pleasanton, CA

#4 Mar 24, 2007
The driver of the BMW should be taken from the hospital to jail and prosecuted to the max extent. He could have killed many more with all of the activity around Acalanes.
Dale

San Mateo, CA

#5 Mar 25, 2007
Just as soon as I get the police report I will post the name, address, and phone number if possible. Please check back, let's make this jerk's life a living hell!!!!
Dale

San Mateo, CA

#6 Mar 25, 2007
Where else can I post yhis information??
SAC

Placerville, CA

#7 Mar 26, 2007
Before you prosecute the driver of the BMW, you should know, I've known this person for years. He is a God fearing person, who has spent a great deal of his life helping others, from living a healthy life, to learning religion AND encouraging people to believe in themselves to help acheive their goals. Toxicology reports show no alcohol, no drugs etc! It was a terrible accident, for sure, but you should wait to hear all the circumstances before you attack this person!!!
anonymous

United States

#8 Mar 26, 2007
SAC wrote:
Before you prosecute the driver of the BMW, you should know, I've known this person for years. He is a God fearing person, who has spent a great deal of his life helping others, from living a healthy life, to learning religion AND encouraging people to believe in themselves to help acheive their goals. Toxicology reports show no alcohol, no drugs etc! It was a terrible accident, for sure, but you should wait to hear all the circumstances before you attack this person!!!
i can't wait to hear all the circumstances! why is hardly any coverage of this?
Sharon A -sacramento

Antelope, CA

#9 Mar 26, 2007
Dale wrote:
Just as soon as I get the police report I will post the name, address, and phone number if possible. Please check back, let's make this jerk's life a living hell!!!!
Grow up, do something good with your life. This man has to live with what he has done. You are not the judge and jury. Maybe there is some kind of medical reason this happened.
anonymous

San Mateo, CA

#10 Mar 26, 2007
Reports sa the BMW was trveeling at a high rate of speed. in a school zone no less. By the way Mr. Zenor does not have the option of living with it!! I wouldn't call this an accident
TDN

Saint Louis, MO

#11 Mar 27, 2007
All those reading this whom have suffered a loss due to this tragic event; I genuinely give you my sympathy and I will continue to pray for you. I have had the unfortunate opportunity to witness more of these tragedies than I will allow myself to remember. I understand the need to identify the “bad guy” and isolate the blame. It helps us feel safer. We convince ourselves that this was the result of some drunk, or high on drugs, or maybe just ruthless monster and once he is put away, or (if Dan N has his way) hung, then we have now made the roadways safer. We feel better about getting back in our cars, or waving goodbye to the kids in the neighbor’s minivan on carpool day. The fact is, accidents happen, good people cause tragic events, and other good people die. Anger, hatred, and blame are the mental tools we use to mask our own fear. Why don’t we confront that fear, and then focus on compassion for those that this event has left needing it most. The police department is very capable of assuring that any improprieties, should they exist, are addressed and dealt with. To reiterate a comment that has already been made. The family of the BMW driver will also be unfortunate victims. My heart goes out to them as well.
Nope

Pleasanton, CA

#12 Mar 27, 2007
Eye witness saw him. This was not an accident. This was a drive by shooting, he just didn't use a gun. This is not about fear, its about the fact that these kinds of speeds are frequent on Stanley blvd and nothing is being done to slow these people down. If toxicology came back negative and there is no mental illness then this was a murder suicide. There was no break skid marks, he did not hit the breaks. Eye witness indicates he was on the throtle through 2 stop signs at least, one turn, over the course of three blocks. Fear and forgivness, that's kind. But No.
TDN

Saint Louis, MO

#13 Mar 27, 2007
Nope wrote:
Eye witness saw him. This was not an accident. This was a drive by shooting, he just didn't use a gun. This is not about fear, its about the fact that these kinds of speeds are frequent on Stanley blvd and nothing is being done to slow these people down. If toxicology came back negative and there is no mental illness then this was a murder suicide. There was no break skid marks, he did not hit the breaks. Eye witness indicates he was on the throtle through 2 stop signs at least, one turn, over the course of three blocks. Fear and forgivness, that's kind. But No.
You obviously have it all figured out. Your assumptions must be right. Your "But No" argument has to be the most compelling though. Apparently making a decision with all the facts is too much too ask from you. Assumptions and heresay are enough for you to base your "Gunless Driveby" theory. How can I argue that. I digress.
Nope

Pleasanton, CA

#14 Mar 28, 2007
Maybe someday I'll search and find forgiveness. But not at the moment. Right now some justice will do. I have enough of the facts to know this was not an accident.
TDN wrote:
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You obviously have it all figured out. Your assumptions must be right. Your "But No" argument has to be the most compelling though. Apparently making a decision with all the facts is too much too ask from you. Assumptions and heresay are enough for you to base your "Gunless Driveby" theory. How can I argue that. I digress.
doctor g

Pleasanton, CA

#15 Mar 28, 2007
Nope wrote:
Maybe someday I'll search and find forgiveness. But not at the moment. Right now some justice will do. I have enough of the facts to know this was not an accident.
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I agree, Nope. I know enough of the facts to know that the perpetrator killed someone. It doesn't matter the reason. You go to jail for that. I can feel sorry for the killer but still seek justice.
Greg

San Mateo, CA

#16 Mar 28, 2007
A slight correction to yesturdays article in the times. Dale does have family in the Bay Area. In fact he has four aunts and uncles and many cousins here in Walnut Creek.

I don't know about about the "drive by" story. It's been awhile since I've been on Stanly, but I'm not sure there are 3 stop signs on that street.


The thing that makes this so hard on the family is that we believe this was an avoidable accident caused by recklessness . Speeding in a school zone no less. Dale was a good law abiding person who had a BIG heart. He is and will be truly missed.
Greg The Times

San Mateo, CA

#17 Mar 29, 2007
"On the day of the crash, witness Chuck Poloka, 45, said he pulled onto Stanley Boulevard from Vacation Drive toward Pleasant Hill Road and saw the BMW accelerating at Quandt Road.

The BMW "continued to pull away from me the whole time" from 46 mph to 55 mph when Poloka stopped tracking the BMW's speed and eased off his accelerator.

The BMW traveled through a stop sign at Camino Diablo and continued toward Pleasant Hill Road, gaining speed as it passed the Acalanes High School football field, Poloka said. Poloka saw the BMW strike the Mazda."
A friend of Dale too

Palo Alto, CA

#18 Mar 29, 2007
I think those who used the word "accident" should agree that it is an inappropriate terminology for this ugly tragedy.
Gina

Mobile, AL

#19 Apr 1, 2007
I too, am a friend of Dale's. As any of his friend's know, Dale was a loving and giving person. Regardless of the circumstances of his death - it is tragic. Dale will be missed by his friends and family. I am only sorry that I did not get the opportunity to see him one last time. If I could have one more cup of that strong coffee he tends to serve and give him one last hug.... He will be sorely missed by his current and past Saranap friends.... Dale - the Phillips, Ed, Gina, and Amanda will miss you....
Curious

Walnut Creek, CA

#20 Apr 2, 2007
Why hasn't the name of the person who caused this accident been released yet?????

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