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Livermore woman dies in San Ramon Valley police chase

DPD: Driver tried to flee police in car stolen from Dublin

A young Livermore woman was killed and two other people were seriously injured in a crash following a police pursuit that started in Danville and ended in San Ramon early Sunday morning, according to Danville police.

Hannah Meecham, 19, was identified as the driver who died after crashing into a tree off Camino Ramon while trying to flee police, according to Danville police chief Steve Simpkins.

Investigators later discovered the car Meecham was driving had been reported stolen from Dublin, Simpkins said in a statement.

The incident began when Danville police officers Valerie Murillo and Emily Neabeack saw a white, four-door Honda driving recklessly at 1:09 a.m. Sunday turning onto Sycamore Valley Road and hopping a curb while trying to get onto southbound Interstate 680, Simpkins said.

The two officers tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver -- later identified as Meecham -- failed to yield and tried to elude police, resulting in a pursuit, according to the police chief.

During the three-minute pursuit, the Honda got off the freeway onto eastbound Crow Canyon Road, then flipped a U-turn at the Iron Horse Regional Trail crossing and turned south onto Camino Ramon, Simpkins said.

The car would soon travel off Camino Ramon at a high rate of speed and strike a tree south of the Bollinger Canyon Road intersection, he added.

San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District personnel were called to the scene and Meecham was pronounced dead on-site, Simpkins said.

Another 19-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man, both from Livermore, were passengers in the Honda, suffered serious injuries in the crash and were transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, the police chief added. The passengers' names were not released.

During the investigation after the crash, authorities determined the Honda had been "recently stolen" from Dublin, Simpkins said.

No charges have been filed, and the incident remains under investigation, he added. The fatality initiated Contra Costa County Fatal Incident Protocol, and the county District Attorney's Office and Sheriff's Office are overseeing the investigation.

Editor's note: In an initial statement Sunday morning, Danville police reported that the car was a two-door Honda and that one officer was involved in the initial traffic-stop attempt.

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17 people like this
Posted by Joe
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 30, 2015 at 9:03 am

[Post removed to due unverified information related to case]


2 people like this
Posted by Debora
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 30, 2015 at 9:14 am

And your point is Joe of San Ramon?


16 people like this
Posted by Steve
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 30, 2015 at 9:49 am

Joe's point was that she is a loser and the world is a better place without here. Imagine the type of crime she would eventuality graduated to as she got older!


11 people like this
Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Nov 30, 2015 at 9:56 am

Makes the world a lot less complex (or perhaps just less taxing on your brain, Steve) to be able to divide everyone up into winners and losers, huh?

Oh, and congratulations for being appointed to be the one to make those calls for us!!!!


17 people like this
Posted by Pedal Power
a resident of Danville
on Nov 30, 2015 at 10:53 am

Not a great fan of police car chases but, in this case, erratic driving, (as witnessed by the curb-hopping), suggest that it was the right thing to do. Good job DPD on being observant.

I'm not going to celebrate a young life being cut short, even if karma seems to have had its say, the best you can really say is that no outsiders were hurt.


24 people like this
Posted by Thank you
a resident of Danville
on Nov 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Thank you Danville Police for a job well done. And thank you San Ramon Fire for your role. Our community is a safer place because of your sacrifices. We appreciate you.


14 people like this
Posted by Mike
a resident of Danville
on Nov 30, 2015 at 2:16 pm

What are your problems Deborah and Dave?


6 people like this
Posted by Tony B.
a resident of Danville
on Nov 30, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Police pursuits are a judgment call, as witnessed by an officer, and guided by each jurisdictions rules. The aforementioned pursuit, had it been during daylight hours with heavier levels of traffic present, could have had a much deadlier outcome for the presence of pedestrians and more vehicles on both Highway 680 and Crow Canyon Road. Since the incident occurred in the early morning hours, the officer(s) made the proper decision to initiate a pursuit, as traffic levels were light.


7 people like this
Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Nov 30, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Pedal Power -
I agree with your general opposition to car chases. They often end up causing more mayhem than the escapee would have caused on their own.

In this case, when somebody at KGO talked with a police spokeperson (possibly Danville's chief - not sure), the chief gave permission for this pursuit only because it was late at night with few cars on the road. They said specifically that the chase probably would have been called off during normal daytime hours.


7 people like this
Posted by unxpektd
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 3, 2015 at 11:09 am

It is too bad for the young girl and her family. I don't care what her past was, it is sad when anyone dies; even more so when a 19yr old dies. There was also the possibility that she may have turned her life around for the better later in life but that possibility is gone now also.


2 people like this
Posted by Chris
a resident of another community
on Dec 4, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Everyone wants to find point of fault. Yes she was a screw up. But lets look at the reality. The young lady was white. The judicial system shouldn't have dealt with her partiality,like they do so many other young people because of their race. May be the young lady would be alive to day. So many people of color are guilty of the same things,and are dealt with harshly and with prejudice. No doubt she felt some favoritism, to be caught that many times for felonies and carrying fire arms and wasnt dealt with properly by law. Because she was white. The true criminal is the judicial system. To allow white people to be dealt a soft hand because they are white is criminal and hazardous to society and shame on the judicial system. And it's the system that perpetuate crime because of their prejudice.


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Posted by Chris
a resident of another community
on Dec 4, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Because of partiality and impartiality displayed and awarded to whites. A officer that was off duty in our United States earlier this week. Felt because he was a officer of the law and white a black woman that cut him off in a traffic incident, was nothing.This poor woman deserved to be shot and have her property damaged by him from a weapon he had.The assault came about Because he felt she was being insulent. My people it's not enough that he was arrested , it should be that favoritism and the good old boy white club should learn finally.That at there attempt at genocid, its numbers are just devastating to them as well as the society they try to separate themselves from. These thoughts of
Superiority and people less important needs to change.The officer felt secure with his act because white society made a fragile white, so called Comrade...feel empowered to do so.


12 people like this
Posted by Longtime Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 5, 2015 at 1:21 am

Hey Chris, the next time you're offered a mind reading class so you know what the white man thinks and feels, perhaps you should skip it and take a basic English class instead.


1 person likes this
Posted by Chris
a resident of another community
on Dec 5, 2015 at 11:52 am

Yes most people would insult
and notice my grammer imperfection. But what you should have notice,is that the judicial system failed Ms Meecham.By allowing this young lady to continue to take and destroy property,which inturn caused her life. Longtime Resident...if you were to notice the larger mistakes that's in your community your opinion would have probably help keep Ms Meecham alive.And help save face of law enforcement and change their view on how they should treat their citizens.And you were mistaken I don't have to figure out what some white people feel the nation media shows us what the few think everyday.


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Posted by Chris
a resident of another community
on Dec 5, 2015 at 12:35 pm


Longtime Resident....I wish you Gods speed in you editorial endeavours.


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Posted by Chris
a resident of another community
on Dec 5, 2015 at 12:42 pm


Longtime Resident....I wish you Gods speed in your editorial endeavours.


13 people like this
Posted by Longtime Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 6, 2015 at 9:20 am

Chris, the judicial system didn't fail your friend, your friend failed society. Normal people don't need to be told they shouldn't prey on society. Drugs, guns, theft, running from the police? Most people don't need to be told not to do these things and they certainly aren't the victim which is what you're implying.

Gospeed, not "Gods speed" and unless you're speaking the Queen's English, which I suspect you're not, endeavors not "endeavours."


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Posted by Chris
a resident of another community
on Dec 6, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Longtime Resident....Your corrections are appreciated. Your ignoring my point I made. Yes she made bad choices, and she kept making bad choices, because she never had to pay the consequences for her bad decisions. Because she never been properly penalized, the young lady caused her own death. If she would have been treated the same as other minorities that break the law and have to pay harsh penalties for their actions to a failing judicial system ...we wouldn't be involved in this chat. And you know the judicial system plays favorites when it comes to race. Also for you not to deal with my statements concerning her demise because of favortism practiced by the judicial system, is quit ordinary and expected. For Someone that's avoiding the truth I understand...It is more refreshing and humorous to make fun of my English and Typos than to be confronted with the ugly truth.


10 people like this
Posted by Longtime Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 6, 2015 at 11:25 pm

Chris, I'm not ignoring your point. Your point is inaccurate. The only group of people in California treated unequally or unfairly are the victims and even more so since AB 109 and Prop 47. Sorry, but the race card doesn't work in CA.


7 people like this
Posted by BYEBYE
a resident of Danville
on Dec 7, 2015 at 12:45 am

OK Chris, enough is enough. The judicial system does not play favorites because of race, so just stop with that nonsense. Quit playing the race card and go away, after all, you live in another community. Really Chris? How old are you? This is the weirdest thread, I think I lost a brain cell because of Chris. I hope your wife gives you a time out and takes your cell phone away for being stupid.


2 people like this
Posted by Chris
a resident of another community
on Dec 7, 2015 at 3:19 am

I'm not playing the race card im testifying the truth. Whites are treated differently than other minorities when it comes to crime and punishment. And your denial and your disrespect is not going to hide that fact. BYEBYE....You must not be a U.S. Citizen, to state that lie about the judicial System. By the way I'm 48 years old and I have witnessed the coddling of whites in America for all my life. If it's not true why be so angry about my opinion of the facts That effect our society.....Lontime Resident, (Godspeed to you...look it up).


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Posted by Debora
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 8, 2015 at 9:50 am

Sure we can all assume the worst in this young girls life but you could change that thought and think, wow this young lady with the proper help and guidance possibly could have turned her life around if given the chance and made a positive impact on the community. I am sure this young lady had some wonderful qualities and if given the chance could have been brought out and put to use if only someone, somewhere and somehow the proper person, place or thing could have been available. We are eager to run and end but lack in beginning.


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