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Update: Car Overturns During Morning School Commute

Woman tried to pass a car on the right, but veered into a parked car, according to the police's preliminary report.

A woman was helped out of her car with a minor injury after her two-door coupe overturned in a Novato intersection during peak drop-off time for two local schools, sources said.

Police radio reports mentioned that a 45-year-old woman crashed when the sun got in her eyes near Novato High School, but late in the afternoon Novato police did not mention the sun as part of the crash's cause.

Novato Fire District Division Chief Mark Heine said the single-car wreck in the Presidents neighborhood was reported at 7:50 a.m. at the intersection of Arthur and Hayes streets, just east of Novato High. The woman had a no visible injuries but complained of some jaw pain, Heine said. She was transported to Novato Community Hospital as a precaution.

Novato police Sgt. Eric Riddell said the preliminary crash report, based partially on witness statements, mentions that the driver was eastbound on Arthur Street when she came up on a slower vehicle that was about to take a left turn onto Hayes Street. The woman tried to pass the slowed car on the right, and the evidence showed that she clipped a parked car and rolled up on it, forcing the rollover, Riddell said.

"It didn't have to do with speed so much," he said. "It's that she just ran out of room."

Riddell said the woman, whose car had an airbag that deployed, was helped out of her car by a neighbor who carefully held her head in case of an injury.

Arthur Street was shut down between Cambridge and Washington streets for about 20 minutes as a tow truck came in to haul away the car, he said. Traffic mounted as parents, teachers and student drivers tried to get to Novato High. Parents making dropoffs at Rancho Elementary School were also affected.

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Anthony October 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Yes, it is quite annoying when we read these stories, and don't get a follow up to let us know what happened. I am also very curious about the fireman crash and the kid crashing. Wonder if we will get a follow up on this story?
Brent Carlson October 18, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Did I say I hope she is OK. Well of course,Yes, she should have been breathlized then for Alcohol. It was that serious to give Law Enforcement the ability to perform. Stop, we have a single-car accident that will be investigated. In the Presidents, what is that?
Brent Carlson October 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I was up and did normal thing, dropping off kids to school. I saw it this morning, a car upturned, so you can all stop. Suck Eggs. I also had problems with the sun in my eyes at the time. She was probably exceeding 25 MPH OK. You give someone grief and she had an accident? We all can get over this...
NovatoGuy October 18, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Anthony: extremely annoying. There are many stories like this that don't get a follow up. Perhaps the information is never given out so they can't report it. But I find it annoying too.
Anthony October 18, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Almost like ready a book and realizing the last chapter is missing. Hah
Christina October 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Citizens have a right to go get a copy of the completed report, you just have to pay for it. If you go down to the police station you can request one.
Anthony October 18, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Christina: But that's what Patch is for :)
NovatoGuy October 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM
In which case, how about someone get the police reports for: - the (allegedly) drunk fire captain - the speeding, road rage, bind-curve passing teenage punk on San Marin Drive - the Ratliff tragedy of just a few weeks ago - today's car-flipping woman (in a 25 MPH zone!!!) - the San Marin Drive car-flipper of many months ago It seems these stories are all initially reported, but I do not know what the follow ups are for ANY of these.
NovatoGuy October 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Brent, I read your post several times and I cannot understand what you are trying to say. No offense meant, but what you've written is incomprehensible to me.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Novato PD contacted Novato Patch at 4:45 p.m. with a bit more information. For those who expect faster service on getting all your questions answered, make sure to shop locally so sales tax dollars end up paying for more police, thus (maybe) quicker communication to the media. I think they do a great job already; it's just that we all seem to have ADD. I am in the process of updating the story with the additional details right now.
Kasey Curtin October 19, 2012 at 12:40 AM
What a foolish woman. I love my school, and my colleagues, I am glad none of them were hurt.
David Baldini October 19, 2012 at 05:50 AM
There's already enough traffic. I agree with my classmate Kasey. The police are always present when we're all getting back from lunch, yet someone has enough speed going down arthur that they flip their car... Unbelievable.
mike jones October 19, 2012 at 06:46 AM
So how long will it be before some crazy liberal wants to put obamas name on president street??
Christina October 19, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Novato Guy, The flip over a few months ago on San Marin Dr was a Novato teacher and his wife who had just come home from wine tasting in Napa. He said he fell asleep. The cops tested him with field sobriety and let him walk home. No supprise there! Was there when it happened.
Christina October 19, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Well said. Nothing is stopping people from going and getting a copy of the report. They are just expecting for you to have to pay for them all!
Steve October 19, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Leave it to mike jones to impugn the integrity of people who don't think the way he does.
NovatoGuy October 19, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Come on now! This woman had an important place to get to, and NOTHING was more important that her need to get there. No matter that she was reckless and didn't wait for the driver in front of her to make the turn...it's her god-given right to pass on the right and who cares if there isn't enough room, darn it? She's got the right to take reckless chances like this, and endanger other people. If she smashes her car into some students, that's OK. It's not HER fault...after all, the SUN was in her eyes! Does this sound ludicrous? That's because it is. Flipping your car in a 25 MPH zone? Endangering other people? Nice.
Pattie October 19, 2012 at 04:57 PM
No matter what, somebody always has to inject politics into a non-political story. I guess folks with anger issues just can't help themselves.
Pattie October 19, 2012 at 05:00 PM
What about the parents who stop their car in the middle of the crosswalk to let their kids out? Or the parents at San Jose MS who park across the street after school on Sunset Parkway and make their kids dash out between cars? What's wrong with people?
NovatoGuy October 19, 2012 at 07:39 PM
What's wrong with people? Well, I would say that many people do not care about others, and so they therefore drive recklessly, drunk, or simply behave in self-centered, dangerous ways. And if these people end up smashing their car into someone's body, well hey...oh well. And yeah...what about the morons who stop in the crosswalk to let their kids out? Or the jackoffs who park their cars in the dropoff zone in front of the schools and just sit there while others wait to unload their kids?
janna nikkola October 19, 2012 at 07:48 PM
NovatoGuy: The "punk" who was speeding on San Marin Drive, then crashed and rolled over has been cited for DUI and charged as an adult.
janna nikkola October 19, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I hope this woman is cited for reckless driving or using poor judgment or using no judgment at all. With all the students on their way to school that morning, it's a miracle none of them were hit by her car. (Can she be cited for just being stupid?) At least her insurance rates will go up, but that's hardly punitive enough.
Anthony October 19, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Thank you Janna!!
NovatoGuy October 19, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Thank you Janna. Is there a link to this teenage road-rage speeding reckless (and now drunk?!) hotshot's arrest info?
Lisa October 20, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Well you told them Allie...You better stay in school, because you can't speak or spell in English or Spanish!!!!
fus October 20, 2012 at 04:37 AM
@Alli/Lucy Wow! Wow! Lisa is right, you better stay in school. You need to educate yourself, you brought disgrace to the spanish-speaking people with those expressions. Aprende a escribir en español también, hasta para insultar necesitas un poco más de educación, eres una vergüenza. I feel sorry for you!
Brent Carlson October 20, 2012 at 09:24 AM
Novato Guy, I was also there. Not waking up from my drugs in the afternoon. SO SUCK EGGS.
Craig Belfor October 20, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Sanctuary city- all forgiven. Where are you Jerome?
Keith S. October 20, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Allie's comments should be flagged and taken down. Reall, get a life and learn how to write you ignorant person!
allie October 20, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Ugh I'm not gonna talk to shit !!

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