Concord Funeral Home Crash Still Under Investigation – Teen Can Continue Driving

January 9, 2013 11:06 am · 65 comments

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As we first reported on December 30, 2012, a vehicle crashed into the Ouimet Brothers Funeral Home on Clayton Road in Concord, injuring several people.

The Concord Police said they’re still investigating the crash, including whether or not the 16-year-old driver who slammed into the building was racing another vehicle at the time of the collision. At this time, no charges have been filed against the teen driver, who had a 15-year-old passenger with him inside the vehicle at the time of the incident.

Police tell Claycord there are no statutes in place that allow them to restrict the teen’s driving status based on the case at this time, however, if charges are filed, that could change based on the final outcome of a court case.

1 lg January 9, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I just can’t believe that this kid is still driving. Teens are not ready to even have a drivers license at 16. It should be raised to 18.(if then).

2 Parsnip January 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM

No statutes in place, but what about parents? Especially if the kid was drag racing?

3 Andrew January 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM

@ #1

I disagree.

Many teens are ready to have their license. The majority of teenage drivers are responsible. Also, most teenagers need licenses to get to school. I’m 17, have had my license for 4 months, have had no accidents- or tickets – and need it to get to college that i’m starting next week.

I bet you got your license before you where 18.

4 Cy Nical January 9, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Everyone is entitled to due process, then they can take away his license.

5 mileena January 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM

@Parsnip,
We don’t know if his parents are still letting him drive. It’s not like his car is driveable right now.

Or did you mean we should restrict his parents from driving because he got in a crash?

6 lg January 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM

In this day and age maybe we should all have to take an I.Q. test before we become parents. I have two sons that I raised by myself for 14 yrs. They didn’t get away with anything that I didn’t find out about and acted on as a parent and not their friend. They still have fun and grew up to be wonderful adults and parents.

7 Cowellian January 9, 2013 at 11:37 AM

We wouldn’t want to damage his self esteem.

8 Anon January 9, 2013 at 11:46 AM

yeah…maybe the cops can’t stop him from driving but parents could…key word of course should be “responsible”

9 Nicmo January 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Was the passenger a sibling?

10 bugs January 9, 2013 at 11:48 AM

The young man was racing on a busy thoroughfare.
He slammed into a building where a person suffered a broken leg.
No charges have been filed and he can continue driving.
So next time he gets behind the wheel maybe a child or a senior or maybe even you will be killed and then they will consider him a danger to others.

11 V January 9, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Hi Mr. Mayor, why don’t you do a poll on here about how old your readers/bloggers were when they got their DL’s (16, 17, 18)? If 50% or more answer 16 or 17, then they need to calm down about what age kids these days should have a license. What’s the difference between getting your license at 16 now vs. 10, 15, 20 years ago? We weren’t any wiser or smarter then. Less distracted maybe but that’s it.

12 Anon January 9, 2013 at 11:49 AM

This is complete BS! I thought a teen driver can’t ride with a minor in the car number one. Number two, they were racing and crashed into a building injuring people. Hopefully the parents took the keys away in the meantime.

13 waverunner January 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I would think that the parents would curtail the kid’s driving because he already broke the requirements of his driver’s license by having a passenger in the car who was under the age of 20 when he, the driver, was only 16 years old. The police could recommend that his license be suspended. I very much doubt that he is driving again.

14 jj January 9, 2013 at 11:53 AM

those that know; know

15 heshkid January 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Wow get over it

16 J January 9, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Who cares if there were any statues, this kid would have ran right through them too, they would not have stopped his car.

17 MisterC January 9, 2013 at 11:56 AM

I thought it was illegal for licensed drivers under 18 to have non-parental passengers.

18 Concord1963 January 9, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Isn’t there a conditional license law still in place for drivers under the age of 18?
If I remember correctly, there are now laws restricting driving hours, passengers etc. If so, it seems to me that the driver might have been breaking the law by having a 15 year old passenger, not to mention speeding laws for all drivers (if he was speeding). I totally agree with Parsnip – where are the parents????

19 crazy driver January 9, 2013 at 12:01 PM

I race freinds all the time there is a time and a place and when ur 16 is not the time and the place is the race track no clayton rd people need to think before they just do things if everyone thought of the worst case senario b 4 they did something we would have less crime less people in jail and more people as citizens instead of idiots. common sense use it

20 clumsy January 9, 2013 at 12:01 PM

The question is…will the parents let him drive?
Will insurance cover him?
You would think he would be too scared to drive for a while, but these teens are not too bright yet always invincible
Crashing into the funeral home is a sign…next time he won’t be so lucky.

21 parent of a teen driver January 9, 2013 at 12:11 PM

plus at his age he cannot drive a passenger under 18..(unless it was a sibling?)
what parent would put him behind the wheel right now anyway?….oh wait we live in an indulgent day and age. “here son I feel guilty for giving you that sportster so here is another one so I don’t have to escort you and you don’t have to walk because that would make you uncomfortable”

22 MG January 9, 2013 at 12:12 PM

“Police tell Claycord there are no statutes in place that allow them to restrict the teen’s driving status based on the case at this time”

innocent until proven guilty. i know it seems cut/dry in this case, but that’s the way the system works. i highly doubt, however, that he’ll be able to come close to a driver’s seat for a while after the case is tried. be patient.

the good news is that the muscle car is totaled.

23 Dee January 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM

What happened to the law that if you in that age range you are not allowed to have anyone else that is not an adult in the vehicle with you unless it’s a sibling? This kid as well as the other one were racing?? Well so something about it people like discipline for crying out loud. Everyone wonders what’s up with the kids today… it’s called spoiled and no discipline

24 Parsnip January 9, 2013 at 12:29 PM

#4 — I didn’t say the parents ARE allowing the kid to drive. But if our laws are stupid enough not to suspend the license, I am hoping they have the foresight not to let him drive, especially amidst the pending insurance claims.

25 Howdy January 9, 2013 at 12:30 PM

High school kids are braindead. When I was 16 (1985), I totalled the front of my ’68 Camaro (rear ended one of the teachers on the way to school). It was my fault, and my PARENTS took away my drivers license. Yeah, we street raced (stupid), and I got lots of tickets. Luckily, most of us grow up. If you want to drag race your car, go to Sears Point, Uhh, I mean Sonoma Raceway.

26 mama January 9, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Wait a minute! Still under investigation”””” HOWEVER” their liscense should be suspended right???? Due to the fact that he shouldn’t of had anyone in his vehicle right???? When a teen first gets their liscence they can’t have any passengers for a year right??

27 Omg January 9, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Wtf ? Are you serious ?!?!?!
So basically it’s okay for 15 , 16 year
Olds too drive however and you guys won’t
Care ?
That’s stupid they should’ve gotten Into
A hell lot of trouble with the law.
But since their teens it’s okay right ?
BULLSHIT
If it was someone else like an older person
He/she would’ve got either locked up or
On the list to not have a lisense

28 mama January 9, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Seems police are letting kids off the hook so easy these days “smh”

29 @ricardoh January 9, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Hey Dee,

How do you know they were racing? Did you see them racing? Also how do you know they are not siblings? Do you know the identification of both people in the car? Please quit making assumptions, they do not help anyone.

30 Elwood January 9, 2013 at 12:33 PM

@ mileena #4

His parents should definitely be restricted from having any more children.

31 Anon777 January 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM

I’m with most folks above….If this driver is only 16, what about not having other kids in the car unless you have someone 25 or over? Seems like driving privileges should be suspended just for that. Maybe DMV will begin that process once they receive the police report. We can hope that the parents have already taken action since they will be paying thru the teeth on insurance for this kid for years to come.

32 AnonyMrs. January 9, 2013 at 12:40 PM

V @ #10,
Mor distracted is NOT the only difference now-a-days. Parents don’t parent anymore. Parents are lazy and don’t want to deal with their kids’ behaviors so they give them what they want so they don’t have to hear them whine and bitch. Because parents don’t want to parent, they also don’t teach their kids common sense. 15 or 20 years ago, the kids had a little more common sense and respect for others. If this kid had been taught common sense maybe he would have thought to himself “racing down a main, crowded street in the middle of the day is probably not a smart thing to do.” But like I said before, kids are no longer taught common sense. Instead they’re taught self absorbance, self indulgence, and ZERO concern for anyone’s safety, including their own.

33 sassy2 January 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM

My older children got their license at 16yrs of age. My younger daughter was not comfortable driving and waited until she was 18 1/2yrs. My children have never had an accident, nor a ticket, to this day! They still drive with me, and I am a courteous and patient driver. We need to show our children how to drive by example, not just send them off to drivers ed, and then break all the laws ourselves and be impatient while driving.

34 anokat January 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

This 16-year old driver is one of the luckiest kids around. It’s an absolute miracle that no one was killed that day. This could have been so much worse.

Once the investigation is complete, this kid will not be on the road. I hope the parents have removed his ability to drive at this time, regardless of the laws. He is clearly not mature enough to make good decisions.

35 anon January 9, 2013 at 12:43 PM

“Yeah, we street raced (stupid), and I got lots of tickets.”

Seems that your parents failed……..big time

36 Wednesday January 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

I wonder how long it will take the CPD to finish this investigation. I still have not heard any information about the tragic accident on Monument when the skateboarder was hit and killed in the crosswalk. The CPD has been investigating that case for over a month now. Does anyone know how long these type of accidents take to investigate?

37 B January 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

@V You make a great point. But there was one big difference. We had to take a semester of Driver’s Ed and pass it just like any other high school class. It was essential to know the in’s and out’s of driving and the laws, including right of way, pedestrians and bicyclists. Fail the class = no permit. We also had to take Driver’s Training including driving a car and using simulators. I still remember that red light buzzer every time you went 1 mph over the speed limit! That was in the 70’s.

38 elbie January 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Here’s a link from DMV re: teen driving restrictions….
https://www.dmv.ca.gov/teenweb/dl_btn2/q_and_a.htm

39 The Grant January 9, 2013 at 1:14 PM

I think everyone needs to relax and wait until the investigation ends.

40 Cy Nical January 9, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Patience seems to be a rare commodity among the readers of Claycord.com, as does waiting for the facts instead of reacting to unfounded heresay. The investigation takes time as does the legal system. The kid will get what’s coming to him, in the meantime the parents should ground his a…

Put the ropes back in the barn and wait people.

41 Anonymous January 9, 2013 at 1:47 PM

@elbie #37
Thank you for posting the link to the DMV information. Do you know what the penalty is if someone breaks those rules?

I always heard that the penalty was that the license is revoked and the teenager can’t drive until he/she turns 18. But, I’m not sure about that.

42 Parsnip January 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

@The Grant #39 — Do you mean everyone should “relax and wait” as they did after that now infamous local committed the fatal crash killing two bicyclists at Treat/Oak Grove as he drove about 70 MPH? You know, the one who was cited for drug and weapon charges one week BEFORE that screw up with law enforcement and two lives?

If the DMV isn’t doing anyting, just *how* comfy should we feel? Better yet, why should we assume the parents are?

43 Teacher January 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM

He should not have had anyone in the car with him in the first place.

44 WhatsUp January 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM

If I were this kid’s parents, he sure as he98987ll wouldn’t be driving again. His next stupid choice may result in worse consquences. Plus, who can afford to pay for his insurance–Must be through the roof. Parents need to take responsibility for handing down the punishment for wreckless and dangerous driving and any other stupid thing their kid(s) do. Kids need to learn responsibility and respect.

Also, I thought there was some law that kids under 18 can’t have other minors in the car with them alone? Guess I’m wrong.

Hope this kid learned his lesson before he kills someone. Not good.

45 kiarfy January 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Teens can drive on the weekend with anyone after the first 12 months. Density is another matter.

46 Howdy January 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM

@anon 35

Good Catch!

47 elbie January 9, 2013 at 3:11 PM

To Anonymous 41: This is lengthy but it does review “penalty” toward the bottom..
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d06/vc12814_6.htm

48 Nick January 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM

I thought if you were under 18, you couldnt drive with anyone in the car that is under 25.

49 Dee January 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM

@ ricardoh I didn’t make assumptions here, do you not see the questions marks after the racing statement? Could of been a sibling sure but still needs a note from parent I believe. Oh well sounds like you are in that entitlement age group anyway so i’m done wasting my time with you.

50 Dept. of Redundancy Dept. January 9, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Isn’t there a law that says 16 year old drivers can’t have teenage passengers?

I can’t believe nobody has mentioned that yet.

51 Margie January 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM

I just want to voice my strong opinion, that this person is still able to drive!!!!!!!!
What a great example this is to other teenagers!

52 Frustrated January 9, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Were kids in the cars hurt?

53 @Dept. of Redundancy Dept. January 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

No kidding. lol

54 Fritzhugh Ludlow January 9, 2013 at 4:49 PM

I am concerned about that Funeral Home being shown in the news that way. Before this drag racing wreck people were Dying to go there.

55 Andrew January 9, 2013 at 5:32 PM

To everyone wondering above,

If you are under 18, you can have passengers under the age of 25 once you’ve held your license for a year, or turn 18, which ever comes first.

56 Athought January 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

@ Crazy driver, one thing that sticks out in
this post to me was this persons
suggestion that we think about consequences
Of our decisions before we act.
I would like to suggest that we extend
That concept to include the decision
to have children. Many parents are
barely aware of how to behave themselves.
Now before the screaming starts,
I am not saying all, but to many fit that discretion.
And Parents are still the biggest
early influences on children.
You don’t think they are paying attention when
Mom or Dad speed up to push or even run
that red light for whatever reason.
Or take that cellphone call, hey it’s
Important.
When a minor is involved, the Parents
should, I repeat should be questioned
and counseled if needed to correct
a possible mistake in their Parenting
Techniques regarding the potential of
deadly consequences for
a ” mistake in judgement”.
The same goes for the minor involved.
Our roads are much more congested
Then ten or twenty years ago. There were
no cell phones when I began driving.
But we had tape decks, to many young
people killed or injured changing
a tape. We still have CD players, i pods,
GPS devices, Drinks, snacks, even
DVD players illegally installed in or under
dash boards… Get the picture?
I spent twenty years in the car business
and for the life of me I can’t wrap my
head around the idea that a Sixteen
year old needs a new car, let alone a
” Hot rod ” or other high performance
car. Again , before the screaming
starts, I am aware people can and do
race or speed in a used and well maintained
Hyundai. But these cars ( low powered)
cars are more easily handled than
ones with a 350 CID in this young mans
Clasic nova, you can see it in the
photos. So I plead with the Parents
of future beginner drivers to think
hard and well about the 2 and a half
ton missile they are putting
Young Timmy or Susy in control
of . Free to do as young people
do, make mistakes. It could be
LETHAL!

57 mb January 9, 2013 at 5:52 PM

shortly after my son got his license, he received a driving award for speeding, and had a passenger in the car. Upon his court date, which I attended, the judge told him, “this is YOUR ticket, not your parents, so you will be providing yourself with 25 hours of community service and please hand me your drivers license which you can have in 30 days.” Love that judge, because it never happened again.

58 Anonymous January 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I thought drivers under 18 yrs could not have passengers under 18 yrs old- they should be sited for that…. Right??!

59 Claycordanon January 9, 2013 at 6:23 PM

@Andrew. So if you can “have passengers under the age of 25 once you’ve held your license for a year, or turn 18, which ever comes first” and we know the driver in question is NOT 18, but is 16 and you have to be 16 to get a license, wouldn’t that mean he could not have had his license for a year because even if he got it the day he turned 16 he would have to be 17 before he would have had his license a year?
Or can you get a drivers license before age16? After reading http://www.dmv.org/ca-california/teen-drivers.php
looks like you need to be 16 to get the drivers license (see section “Getting Your Driver’s License Check List”). So looks like he broke the rules and:

After 12 months have passed from the issue date on your driver’s license, the above no longer applies. If you break those rules before that period is up, you could face a fine and/or community service, not to mention a dangerous driving situation you might not be able to handle as an inexperienced driver.

Any police officers know why the police aren’t at a minimum referring this to the DMV and ticketing the driver for misuse of a provisional license?

60 Andrew January 9, 2013 at 7:43 PM

@Claycordanon

Yes, that is true that he did break the law. I do agree that there are some teenage drivers that have no business driving, because they can do things like this.

I’m all for a more in depth driving test. I took mine in August, and I don’t think it really tested my skill as a driver, it was really just a “Ok, you know the basic rules, here’s a license!” kind of thing.

He probably did get a citation for having another person in the car, but that’s it. Crashing into the funeral home was just an “accident”.
The citation for having someone else in the car isn’t severe enough for them to revoke his license sadly.

61 EMT January 9, 2013 at 7:44 PM

@anonyMrs.
That has to be one of the most ignorant arguments I have ever read. You are trying to tell me that a stupid kid driving too fast is due to lack of parenting and respect to others?? I’ll be the first to tell you that racing on a busy street is never a good idea. I’ve been to many calls where people were seriously injured do to speeding but I never once blamed the parents unless they were directly involved. Don’t give me that crap about 20 years ago kids had more common sense and had more respect because that’s just a load of BS. Every generation is going to look at the next one and criticize. I’ve heard countless stories from people of older generations doing stupid and disrespectful things so don’t sit at your computer all high and mighty and critisize and judge others because one person was immature

62 anon January 9, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Go by any high school when they get out of school and see how many 16-17 year old’s have their vehicles full with other students. They are not all 18 year old drivers. It’s easy for the parents to check on their perfect children breaking the law in front of school administrators and cops, everyday.

63 kiarfy January 9, 2013 at 9:13 PM

@AThought
I think you’re paranoid. Inexperienced drivers do way more damage than experienced drivers. Many times parental influences have no effect on a teenager, (child), until they realize the parent is right, :-) And most teenagers believe the parents know nothing.

64 confused January 11, 2013 at 4:11 PM

How is he still able to drive um he’s 16 right? Well legally he can’t have anyone in the car for a year he should at least get in trouble for that if they don’t do anything than it just makes it ok for other teens to do what a great example they are setting for people.

65 Meohmy January 15, 2013 at 1:24 AM

If it wasn’t for this good old American made muscle chances could of had a worst out come with how cars are made these days

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