UPDATE: 19-year-old Man Crashes BMW on San Marin Drive

BMW ends up in the bushes on curve between Simmons Lane and Somerset Drive.

A 19-year-old man was injured in a solo vehicle crash on San Marin Drive at about 12:30 p.m. Friday in Novato, according to Novato Fire Protection District Division Chief Mark Heine.

The driver of a green 1998 BMW was headed west and lost control of the vehicle, which was sent up a hillside and rolled over several times before landing upright. 

The driver was taken to Marin General Hospital due to the nature of the collision, Heine said. He suffered from lacerations and bruises, but showed no signs of significant trauma. It appeared the driver was restrained by a seat belt, Heine said.

The San Marin Drive was closed for roughly 45 minutes while officials removed the damaged BMW. The roof of the vehicle was caved in. 

Witnesses told fire officials that the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash, but the Novato Police Department said the investigation is ongoing. 

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Dexter Kaziff September 25, 2012 at 05:48 AM
19 is an adult.
NovatoGuy September 25, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Yeah 19 is an adult, though this guy sure wasn't acting like one. I personally think people like him should (1) have their driving privilege (that's what it is) taken away, (2) pay a heavy fine, (3) perform community service helping care for victims of car crashes caused by people like him. People like this reckless 19 year old need to see first hand the kind of damage that they create. Though, some people could care less either way. That's why there need to laws in place that keep speeding (possibly drunk?) "Johnny" off the roads.
Craig Belfor September 26, 2012 at 07:33 PM
This kid should run for city council. Not that he is qualified, but since more people trashed him than voted in our last election, maybe we'll spike up the voter rolls, and after they're done voting against him, they'll stick around to vote on something that's actually THEIR business. This kid's been sentenced already. He'll have to pay for the Taj Mahal the council gave themselves while we were busy dumping on junior.
JAN September 28, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Yo Brent, You can violate the laws of man but you cain't violate the laws of physics.
Kathryn Chipman November 12, 2012 at 03:26 PM
None of us know the details so hold your criticism. He is 19 and kids that age make mistakes or just don't have the driving experience yet. As the mother of an 18 yr. old who has been in a car accident I can say that they become better drivers with maturity. Plus, he was driving a 1998 BMW for pete's sake, a 14 yr. old car. For all you know he bought it with his own money and was returning home from a job. I'm glad he is ok and you should be too.


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