• Two cars approached a sharp turn on Crow Canyon Road from opposite directions and crashed head-on.
• One of the drivers died. The other suffered major injuries.
• Police have not determined which vehicle crossed the double yellow line into the opposite traffic lane, so they do not yet know who was at fault.
California Highway Patrol officer Daniel Jacowitz said 68-year-old Hanno Lind of Hayward was driving a 2008 Subaru Impreza northbound on Crow Canyon Road at the time of the accident.
At the same time, 50-year-old Mohsen Fahim of Danville was driving a 2003 Acura MDX southbound on Crow Canyon Road, Jacowitz said.
As the two vehicles attempted to negotiate a sharp curve south of Norris Canyon Road, one of them crossed the double yellow line in the center of the road, and the vehicles crashed head-on.
One of the two drivers was trapped in his vehicle. Alameda County firefighters had to use hydraulic rescue tools to free him, Jacowitz said.
Lind was transported to Eden Medical Center hospital in Castro Valley, where he died from injuries sustained in the accident. Fohim was taken to the same hospital with severe injuries. His condition was not known.
Fohim’s wife, 51-year-old Patty Fahim, was riding in the front passenger seat of the Acura. She sustained minor injuries.
Jacowitz said police have not yet determined which vehicle crossed over into the oncoming traffic lane, so they have not yet concluded which of the two drivers was at fault.
There was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.
How to Prevent Head-On Collisions
Rural two-lane roads — and backroads in suburban areas — often lack physical measures such as wide medians or barriers to separate opposing traffic flows. As a result, a major crash problem on these roads involves vehicles crossing the center line and either sideswiping an oncoming vehicle or crashing into it head-on.
One way that Caltrans and other state transportation departments are trying to help prevent these deadly accidents is by installing center-line rumble strips (see photo at right) that jar a vehicle — and make a loud noise — when they come into contact with tires.
According to a 2009 report published by the Federal Highway Administration, the strips significantly reduced crashes. Caltrans tracked a number of areas with high rates of head-on crashes. On one stretch of road, where these kinds of crashes occurred at a rate of 4.5 per month, the rate was reduced to 1.9 crashes after installing the strips.
Castro Valley Car Accident Lawyers
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