Coroner's jury: Woman's death in San Ramon Valley police chase was accidental

Authorities: 19-year-old from Livermore tried to elude officers in stolen vehicle

A Contra Costa County coroner's jury ruled Tuesday that the death of a woman that occurred during a pursuit from Danville to San Ramon late last year was accidental.

Hannah Meecham, 19, was the driver of a vehicle that was being pursued by Danville police officers on Nov. 29, 2015.

Police said an officer at 1:09 a.m. that day noticed Meecham driving a white Honda recklessly on Sycamore Valley Road near the southbound on-ramp to Interstate 680.

Officers tried to pull her over but she went over a curb and then drove onto the highway. A three-minute pursuit ensued until she exited at Crow Canyon Road in San Ramon. She continued before driving south on Camino Ramon and then went off the roadway and struck a tree south of Bollinger Canyon Road, according to police.

Meecham died at the scene while two passengers, a 19-year-old Livermore woman and a 37-year-old Livermore man, were taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Police later learned the car had been reported stolen from Dublin.

The coroner's jury reached its verdict Tuesday after hearing the testimony of witnesses in a hearing, according to the sheriff's office. A coroner's inquest is held in Contra Costa County whenever there is a fatal incident involving law enforcement officers.

The jury rules on the manner of a person's death and can choose whether it was an accident, suicide, natural causes, or at the hands of another person other than by accident.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Greg T
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 11, 2016 at 5:54 am

I'm sorry to say, but I don't have a whole lot of sympathy for the victim in this case.
She could have hurt or killed someone else by her reckless behavior.
And what is it with the current trend, of people trying to out run and escape from police? Surely they're guilty of other things. Yet there is a trend where people fight with the police, instead of cooperating, and then they get hurt.... and then somehow the media trys to make the police look bad instead.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Aug 11, 2016 at 9:45 am

Agree on the little sympathy; but, no need to inject the gratuitous straw man about the police here. No one has even suggested police misconduct.

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Posted by Greg T
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm

I did have to inject what I did, because of what I feel is unfair treatment of the police by the media. It seems they love to report how the 'poor' criminal was mishandled or injured at the hands of law enforcement...yet they fail to report that the same person had just robbed, or beaten someone, or stole a car, and was resisting arrest or even beating on the police officer before hand. I'm very alarmed by this unfair reporting going on both nationally and locally. And no I'm not a police officer just an admirer who appreciates everything the police do for us to keep us safe. Their the job cannot be easy lately, considering the current Administration does not have their backs,the media's unfair treatment and the fact that liberal California politicians & judges are turning the criminals back loose on the streets right away again, under the misplaced notion of some sort of social justice.

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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Aug 11, 2016 at 2:20 pm

Well said Greg. You get it. Thanks for having the backs of those who always have our backs: The brave men & women of law enforcement.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2016 at 12:18 am

But, this story had nothing to do with your gripes.

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