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Car Strikes Pole on Novato Boulevard, Rolls Over

Minor injuries reported on crash a few miles west of Novato city limits.

Paramedics took a man to a local hospital Wednesday morning after a solo car crash on a rural stretch of road a few miles west of the Novato city limits, sources said.

The 2012 Ford Fiesta was heading south on a Novato Boulevard straightaway west of Stafford Lake County Park and east of the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road when it struck a pole and rolled onto its side, said engineer Bryan Lewis of Marin County Fire Department's Hicks Valley Station.

Megan Cooper, the first person who came upon the wreck, said the driver — 46-year-old Jason Meyerson of Point Reyes Station — walked away from the crash mostly unhurt — with just a cut on his hand.

"He told me it was because he'd been wearing his seatbelt and because his airbags deployed," she said. "Talk about a lucky break!"

Meyerson told first-responders that he was reaching for an object when the car went off the right side of the road and down a slight hillside. As the Fiesta went down the hillside, it turned onto its side and then blasted through a fence that borders the road, investigators said. The Fiesta continued sliding until it collided with a wooden power pole, causing the live power lines and phone lines to fall into the roadway.

Novato Fire District paramedics arrived and placed the man on a straight board as a precaution, a firefighter said. He was transported to Kaiser in Terra Linda.

Traffic on Novato Boulevard was limited to one lane from 7:20-9:50 a.m. while emergency crews cleared the scene, the CHP said. PG&E and Verizon  cleared the wires from the road and PG&E started replacing the wires and pole.

Novatan February 27, 2013 at 05:58 PM
There is no room for error on that stretch. With 6 inches of shoulder, cars go off the road frequently.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 27, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Who was he texting?
Devin February 27, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Where does it say he was texting?
Megan Cooper February 27, 2013 at 06:29 PM
He wasn't. He reached for his coffee, and accidentally spilled it, which caused him to lose control of the car. Not surprised, since there's even LESS than six inches of shoulder there. ^
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 27, 2013 at 06:30 PM
That question would be me assuming. Or it could have been one of the other 1000 whys people drive distracted.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 27, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Spilled coffee Ya I would go with that. Better chance of Insurance paying out
Megan Cooper February 27, 2013 at 06:44 PM
That is what the driver specifically told me happened. It's ridiculous that you think he said that just so he'd get better coverage on the car for it. I watched him jump out of his ROLLED CAR to safety and helped him up onto the road; the guy was incredibly shaken up. I HIGHLY doubt he was thinking about what to tell his insurance company in that moment. Shame on you for belittling an accident that no doubt changed a man's life.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 27, 2013 at 07:31 PM
At the end of the day it was distracted driving.
Devin February 27, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Megan, there is no getting through to this guy. Look at his name. Look at the comments he has made in other articles in the past month. It is actually quite amusing. Why do you come on here just to make comments to upset someone? Really...I want to know. The fact that you would assume that he was texting OR trying to get an insurance payout is preposterous and makes you sound like a child. I am sorry you have to live with the thoughts you brain creates for you.
Bob Ratto February 27, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Megan Thank you for helping this man, glad everyone is alright. I saw the fire truck and ambulance go by this morning when I was walking the dog. Your good deed for the day was done early!
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 27, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Ok Devin I can live with the Spilled coffee. You should note The CHP and His Insurance company will pull phone records. Bottem line I am glad he is ok We need to be safe out there.
Bubbasixpack February 27, 2013 at 11:11 PM
I like you Republican kid. You jazz up a dull post. Keep needling people
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 27, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Thanks Bubba there are always hard questions to every story. I just am willing to ask them
Brant February 28, 2013 at 07:13 PM
The really good news here is that it was a one-car accident. It does not really matter what distracted the driver, distracted driving is dangerous. We should all pay full attention to our driving when behind the wheel. Doing otherwise could kill an innocent person.
Steve B March 03, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Yeah, us cyclists get to deal with "distracted drivers" all the time. Time to disable texting ability while phones are in motion. Even worse if it was his "coffee!" Drivers: treat driving like what it is, a priviledge.
jason meyerson March 06, 2013 at 04:39 AM
Thank you to all who helped me when I crashed my car. I was very impressed with the kindness that I encountered. This was the most terrifying event of my life; as I saw the telephone pole approach I kept thinking I would never see my wife and children again. Reaching for my coffee as I leisurely drove to work, listening to the news, my whole life changed in an instant. I learned my lesson for sure; but I think more needs to be done to make our roads safer, such as wider shoulders, underground utilities, and warning signs saying "caution no shoulder". I am not trying to shift blame; I was controlled of the vehicle as I reached for my coffee, but as some one who grew up in Marin, driving the back roads to school and work--I have lost several friends to telephone poles and poorly marked road hazards. It is time to put the utilities underground, make bike paths, and fix the potholes.

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