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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mike jones September 22, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Yeah people that read the patch really don't have all their marbles together.
mike jones September 22, 2012 at 03:11 AM
I just like to piss people off on here....and yes I have nothing else to do.
Craig Belfor September 22, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Chances are junior's name isn't on the pink slip, so he'll need some excuses. Here are a few to get him started: To Mom: "A nun was jaywalking with an orphan baby in her arms." To Dad: "I found some pink panties under the seat and they didn't smell like Mom." To the Cop: "The tree looked like our city manager, and I tried to save your job." To the Downtown Novato Business Association: "I was trying to find a parking space." To the squirrel: "Sorry dude, I'll use you next time."
Petaluma Resident September 22, 2012 at 07:28 AM
Diana, his throttle didn't stick, no medical emergency, he was speeding, trying to pass illegally, careless, irresponsible, no common sense, thank GOD no one else got hurt or killed.
janna nikkola September 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM
The title to the article was "19-year old "MAN". My first thought was "what 19-year-old do I know who could be considered a "man" (vs a "kid"?) My second thought was "Oh, great, another Marin County kid gets a BMW for graduation -- just another immature, irresponsible, probably somewhat "entitled" kid races his BMW along San Marin Drive, a heavily trafficked area with no stop lights, very few crosswalks (that go unobserved most of the time)". We don't yet know if he's been drinking, but it's highly likely. At least he was alone, so he didn't endanger his passengers and, by some stroke of luck, he didn't kill any pedestrians, children or students near the San Marin HS area. Then I'm wondering: "What consequences do you suppose his parents will impose on him for his reckless, immature and irresponsible behavior?" I'm thinking: that would probably be none. So I hope the Novato Police can and will at least take away his driver's license (which is a privilege, by the way, and not an entitlement or a right). It wasn't too long ago that another Novato teen was speeding his BMW along Novato streets, he was a student from Novato HS on his lunch break with a car full of his friends who'd all been drinking and he'd sped past San Marin HS heading west toward Stafford Lake when he crashed and at least one of his passengers will killed instantly and others seriously injured. It's pure happenstance no one was killed or injured in this incident.
Christina September 22, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Regardless, he still should not have been trying to pass that all star rent big rig. What was he thinking. That thing was so long is was piggy backing anoth trailer. And in a blind turn.
NovatoGuy September 22, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Agreed. The only good thing is that this reckless "man" didn't injure or kill any innocent person. Did he care or think what could have happened to someone else? And what will happen to him? I doubt anything.
Natalie September 22, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Why hasn't his name been released? His is over 18.
NovatoGuy September 22, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Maybe the cops haven't given the yet. Editor? I think it is unfortunate that even with the deadly accidents that have happened from drunk/reckless drivers this kid still chose to put others at risk with his stupid, dangerous behavior. I say the Patch not only publish his name, but also his photo. Is there any accountability?
Diana Wilkins September 22, 2012 at 06:57 PM
clearly you missed my point....I too drive these deadly streets and do not condone idiocy whether it be driving or senseless hate postings. Spewing venom will not change the situation.
NovatoGuy September 22, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Jana, yes people like this often have enablers. "But my Biff is such a GOOD kid! He'd never do that!"
NovatoGuy September 22, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I think you're a joke, Diana. Spewing venom? Ugh, people like you are hopeless and will never get it. Thankfully you're in the minority.
Diana Wilkins September 22, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I must have hit a nerve. Thank you for confirming my statement.
born n raised in Novato September 22, 2012 at 08:41 PM
If he would have been killed, your comments would be shamed. Im relieved to hear he is doing ok. All the what ifs yes he made a mistake,he 's human. Another blessed day a mother has with her son. Hold and love your children like theres no tmrw.
Christina September 22, 2012 at 10:13 PM
The car was completely totaled. So hopefully they won’t get him a new one!
Sue Payne Farley September 22, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Sounds like NovatoGuy got it right from the start! Hold and love your children like there is no tomorrow is wonderful but due immature, selfish young people like the BMW guy my children's tomorrow coud be whiped out in a second! I'm not okay with his reckless behavior or the reckless behavior of people like him. If he has a death wish he needs to be absolutely certain he doesn't take anyone down with him! I'm guessing this won't be his last reckless act.
Abe September 23, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Why is everyone fixated on the fact it was a BMW? It was a 1998 BMW - get one off craigslist for $4000. If it was a Toyota Camry, would it make any difference? Give thanks no one else was injured or worse, and let us hope this young man learns from this.
janna nikkola September 23, 2012 at 02:48 PM
There's a reason why male teenage drivers have the highest vehicle insurance rates -- it's because they cause most fatal vehicle accidents. It's partly because they're new drivers and make new driver's mistakes. It has a lot to do with immaturity, as if it takes some degree of talent to press one's foot on the accelerator and someone might actually be favorably impressed by seeing how fast Johnny drives.. It also has a lot to do with selfishness, as if no one else on the planet matters. Then there's the issue of irresponsibility. I'd be interested to hear his explanation as to the reason for this crash. Please tell me he's losing his driver's license.
janna nikkola September 23, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Another reason for male teenage drivers' high vehicle insurance rates -- it's the "showing off" factor. "Look at me! Look how cool I am and how fast I can drive. I can do what Jeff Gordon does."
NovatoGuy September 23, 2012 at 04:05 PM
It's all making more sense. Would be interested to hear what "Johnny" has to say about this and if he cares that he could have killed someone. As for driving, my bet is that he's already back to driving. Better watch out for this speeding angry thoughtless sweetheart when you get on the roads.
Christina September 23, 2012 at 10:44 PM
You know the not funny part is that living on this stretch there is an accident here about every 1 month or so. Just a few weeks ago a car crashed up to the hill barely missing the cars parked at the stop light before the freeway entrance but you didnt hear about that. Two to three weeks before that a San Marin High student plowed into another at the first stop light before firemens fund on the way to the freeway when he apparently fell aspleep. These accidents happen all the time. They are just not published. People jsut got lucky a photographer drove by whenthis one haappened. To those that live in the area it is nothing new unfortunaltely.
janna nikkola September 24, 2012 at 11:05 PM
I've learned this 19-year-old has been charged with Driving Under the Influence and his case has been turned over to the District Attorney's Office.
janna nikkola September 24, 2012 at 11:08 PM
And he is being charged as an adult.
NovatoGuy September 25, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I saw a father and child biking along that part of road today. And I thought about how this 19 year old driver could have killed them. Driving drunk? What a shocker. What will it take to keep people like this off our roads?
amuater commentist September 25, 2012 at 04:53 AM
The guy your all talking about is my friend and yes he was driving fast but im glad he is ok . Life is precious and im shure he will learn that novato is not a need for speed video game . God bless
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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