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Publication Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Two young men were struck by an SUV Two young men were struck by an SUV (June 16, 2004)

By Rebecca Wallace
Almanac Staff Writer

Two young men were struck by an SUV in front of Menlo-Atherton High School just before 10 a.m. on June 14, with one ending up in intensive care at Stanford Hospital, police said.

The other "got banged up quite a bit" but was able to speak to officers at the scene before also being taken to Stanford, said Lt. Eric Grimm of the Atherton Police Department.

Lt. Grimm said he did not have more details about the young men's injuries and did not know whether they attend M-A.

Witnesses said the black Toyota SUV was driving north on Middlefield Road, approaching the Ravenswood Avenue intersection with a green light, when a group of students who had been waiting to cross toward the high school ran across Middlefield "against the red light and right into the path of traffic," Lt. Grimm said.

Witnesses also said the SUV was not speeding, he said. The driver, a Menlo Park man, was uninjured and does not appear to have committed any violations, he said.

The students were in the crosswalk, and motorists are always required to yield to pedestrians, but Lt. Grimm said it appeared that the driver didn't see the students in time because there was a line of cars stopped in the left-turn lane on Middlefield, and the students ran out from behind those cars.

After the accident, police shut down Middlefield Road between Ringwood and Oak Grove avenues for about two hours, Lt. Grimm said.

This is the last week of M-A's school year, and students are taking final exams.


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