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Two drivers arrested on murder charges in Redwood City crash that killed parents of twin girls

Police allege that the two drivers, ages 23 and 17, were racing each other

Gregory Ammen and Grace Spiridon were parents of twin 7-year-old daughters. Courtesy Liza Spiridon.

Two Redwood City drivers, including a 17-year-old, have been arrested and face second-degree murder charges for their involvement in a major vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a San Carlos couple and leaving several others injured, according to the Redwood City Police Department.

The defendants, 23-year-old Kyle Harrison and a 17-year-old male, were allegedly drag racing just before 8 p.m. on Nov. 4 when the teen's vehicle collided with a car containing a family of four at the intersection of El Camino Real and Finger Avenue, police said on Monday, Nov. 21, in a statement.

Gregory Ammen, 44, and Google employee Grace Spiridon, 42, Palo Alto natives and residents of San Carlos, were in the other car in the collision and died in the crash. Ammen and Spiridon’s 7-year-old twin daughters were injured in the crash, as were two passengers in the teen’s car.

A close-up of one of the vehicles involved in the crash. Courtesy Heather Mann.

The 17-year-old was arrested on Nov. 18 and booked into the San Mateo County Youth Services Center, after spending two weeks at Stanford Hospital, according to officials. Harrison was arrested at his residence on Nov. 21 and was booked into the San Mateo County Jail, police said.

A police investigation determined that two cars were engaged in a speed contest that caused the fatal accident. The drivers are facing two counts of second degree murder and, if convicted, could serve 15 years to life in prison, police said.

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Two drivers arrested on murder charges in Redwood City crash that killed parents of twin girls

Police allege that the two drivers, ages 23 and 17, were racing each other

by / Redwood City Pulse

Uploaded: Mon, Nov 21, 2022, 3:18 pm

Two Redwood City drivers, including a 17-year-old, have been arrested and face second-degree murder charges for their involvement in a major vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a San Carlos couple and leaving several others injured, according to the Redwood City Police Department.

The defendants, 23-year-old Kyle Harrison and a 17-year-old male, were allegedly drag racing just before 8 p.m. on Nov. 4 when the teen's vehicle collided with a car containing a family of four at the intersection of El Camino Real and Finger Avenue, police said on Monday, Nov. 21, in a statement.

Gregory Ammen, 44, and Google employee Grace Spiridon, 42, Palo Alto natives and residents of San Carlos, were in the other car in the collision and died in the crash. Ammen and Spiridon’s 7-year-old twin daughters were injured in the crash, as were two passengers in the teen’s car.

The 17-year-old was arrested on Nov. 18 and booked into the San Mateo County Youth Services Center, after spending two weeks at Stanford Hospital, according to officials. Harrison was arrested at his residence on Nov. 21 and was booked into the San Mateo County Jail, police said.

A police investigation determined that two cars were engaged in a speed contest that caused the fatal accident. The drivers are facing two counts of second degree murder and, if convicted, could serve 15 years to life in prison, police said.

Anyone who has information about the case is encouraged to call the Redwood City Police Department tip line at 650-780-7107.

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Dawn1234
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Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Nov 22, 2022 at 12:53 pm
Dawn1234, Menlo Park: Belle Haven
Registered user
on Nov 22, 2022 at 12:53 pm

I'm glad to see that arrests have been made. This is an example of where time most definitely needs to be served by both parties. I don't care how many honors classes they took or what college they are on track to attend. Our dueling systems of justice for rich and poor need to be merged into one fairer one.


Menlo Voter.
Registered user
Menlo Park: other
on Nov 22, 2022 at 2:17 pm
Menlo Voter., Menlo Park: other
Registered user
on Nov 22, 2022 at 2:17 pm

It's a shame two young men destroyed their lives, the lives of the people they killed and their children's lives for something so stupid. They both need to do serious time if convicted to serve as a warning for others stupid enough to be street racing.


sheryl nonnenberg
Registered user
Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 22, 2022 at 4:18 pm
sheryl nonnenberg, Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
Registered user
on Nov 22, 2022 at 4:18 pm

Agree with both of the above: there have to be consequences for such stupid, reckless behavior. They may get their lives back on track but those two little girls will never have their parents again. Such a tragic story.


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