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Car with teen behind wheel runs red light, kills cabbie in San Mateo (abandons 2 in burning car)
SFGate ^ | 10/13/08 | Henry K. Lee

Posted on 10/13/2008 7:59:46 PM PDT by LibWhacker

(10-13) 17:42 PDT SAN MATEO -- An intoxicated teenage driver ran a red light in San Mateo this morning and broadsided a taxicab, killing the driver, then fled as flames engulfed his car where two other teenagers were trapped, police said.

Police were able to pull the badly injured youths from the burning Volkswagen Jetta on El Camino Real near Hillsdale Shopping Center, but there was nothing they could do for the cabdriver, 48-year-old Michael Earl Prescott of Redwood City. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: cabbie; dead; driver; intoxicated; kills
Intoxicated, driver, kills, cabbie
1 posted on 10/13/2008 7:59:46 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

SAN MATEO, eh?

Dare I ask?


2 posted on 10/13/2008 8:04:49 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: LibWhacker

prolly a stolen vehicle, out on a joyride then they ditch it. Or it catches fire and they ditch it.


3 posted on 10/13/2008 8:11:21 PM PDT by Gasshog (eyes open, mouth too - tough!)
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To: LibWhacker
An intoxicated teenage driver ran a red light in San Mateo this morning and broadsided a taxicab, killing the driver, then fled as flames engulfed his car where two other teenagers were trapped, police said.

Life is just like Grand Theft Auto, no?

4 posted on 10/13/2008 8:11:46 PM PDT by weegee (In 2006 the Democrats took over Congress. 9% approval, $4gal gas, economy tanked. Had enuff CHANGE?!)
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To: LibWhacker

Yikes. I’m only a few miles from there. In town on bidness.


5 posted on 10/13/2008 8:12:28 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: LibWhacker

Arghh! I wondered what happened to those keywords!


6 posted on 10/13/2008 8:14:53 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Ramius

Me too! San Mateo isn’t what it use to be


7 posted on 10/13/2008 8:18:21 PM PDT by proudCArepublican
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To: metmom

You guessed it: The most permissive area in the country. Little punk probably won’t get away with this (though they do teach kids to expect very lenient treatment). A drunk driver killed a buddy of mine back in the 80s. Went to prison on a 2nd degree murder rap.


8 posted on 10/13/2008 8:19:57 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: weegee

Good catch. Just like GTA.


9 posted on 10/13/2008 8:20:37 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Was this drive kin to TED Kennedy?


10 posted on 10/13/2008 8:20:38 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: weegee
Life is just like Grand Theft Auto, no?

I'm pretty sure he'll discover that it really isn't. This case has "Make an example of this asswipe" stamped all over it.

11 posted on 10/13/2008 8:29:16 PM PDT by Skid Marx
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To: metmom

I meant to say a drunk driver killed a buddy of mine IN SAN MATEO county back in the 80s, and still went to prison for it. They’re pretty tough on drunk driving offenders. So that’s encouraging for this case.


12 posted on 10/13/2008 8:31:38 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: proudCArepublican
San Mateo isn’t what it use to be

It never was.

13 posted on 10/13/2008 8:33:50 PM PDT by Rudder (That one, Hussein Obama)
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To: metmom

I used to live in San Mateo. It’s a split-personality town. On the “wrong” side of the tracks are lower-income areas (by Bay Area standards), and the uphill side of town is where the multi-million dollar custom homes are located, just next to Hillsborough. San Mateo was once on a “top-ten most expensive cities in the U.S.” list.


14 posted on 10/13/2008 8:35:55 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: LibWhacker

Prayers for the victims. RIP.


15 posted on 10/13/2008 8:42:07 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: annieokie

Sure has all TK’s attributes, doesn’t he?... Cowardice, contempt for others, drunkenness, callousness, looks out for number one and has an exaggerated sense of entitlement, etc. Guess now we’ll find out whether or not he’s as well-connected as a Kennedy.


16 posted on 10/13/2008 8:43:03 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Leave it to San Francisco to say the car killed the cabbie!


17 posted on 10/13/2008 8:52:02 PM PDT by acoulterfan
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To: LibWhacker

And there are FReepers who want the legal drinking age lowered.

Maybe the legal driving age should be raised to 21 with qualification requirements like they have for pilots.

Actually, the latter, coupled with very stiff minimum sentences would be enough.

Killing one person with a vehicle while intoxicated should get you life.

Killing multiple people with a vehicle while intoxicated should get you the chair.

Operating a vehicle while intoxicated should get you five years.


18 posted on 10/13/2008 9:27:38 PM PDT by Fichori (ironic: adj. 1 Characterized by or constituting irony. 2 Obamy getting beat up by a girl.)
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To: Rudder; proudCArepublican
proudCArepublican ~ San Mateo isn’t what it use to be

Rudder ~ It never was.

Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded...

19 posted on 10/13/2008 9:58:49 PM PDT by null and void (If Barak Hussein Obama doesn't know his own friends, how is he going to recognize OUR enemies?)
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To: Disambiguator

That is pretty much true for most towns in the bay area.
Grew up in the East Bay Ghetto ran like hell two weeks before I turned 18 and never looked back.


20 posted on 10/14/2008 12:40:12 AM PDT by Global2010 (Sarah seems to have built her foundation on the Rock)
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To: Fichori
A teen ager my wife knows had a wreck that killed someone. The other car pulled out in front of the boys car and the police said the wreck was unavoidable. The boy had been drinking and he was sent to prison for several years. He wouldn't have been charged if he had been sober. I have mixed feelings about that.
21 posted on 10/14/2008 5:54:57 AM PDT by seemoAR
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To: seemoAR

Its understandable why you would have mixed feelings.

When someone takes drink and then operates a deadly weapon, things go downhill fast.

I hope that young man learned the right lesson from that experience.
(i.e. don’t drink and drive)


22 posted on 10/15/2008 11:58:26 PM PDT by Fichori (ironic: adj. 1 Characterized by or constituting irony. 2 Obamy getting beat up by a girl.)
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