UPDATE: Victims Identified in Fatal Crash

Both driver and passenger of vehicle hit by Walnut Creek man were killed in accident Monday.

UPDATE: The victims of a fatal car crash Monday afternoon have been identified as Elham Pirdavari, 51, the driver of the vehicle that was struck, and passenger Mahindokht Dowlati, 72. Both were residents of Danville.

Pirdavari was pronounced dead at the scene at Sycamore Valley Road and Brookside Drive by San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District emergency personnel. 

Dowlati was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where she was pronounced dead from her injuries.

According to a family member who posted on Patch, the two were mother and daughter.

"They were both very close to me. Don't be quick to blame. Let's just work together to make sure we drive safe and keep dangerous drivers off the road and to not let this happen again. This is just absolutely horrible. Thank you for everyone's thoughts and prayers," wrote A.G.

Danville Police Lt. Jeff Moule said the incident occurred at 4:18 p.m. Monday. A red truck driven by a Walnut Creek man westbound on Sycamore Valley Road collided with Pirdavari's vehicle, believed to be an SUV, traveling southbound on Brookside Drive. 

Life Flight medical helicopters landed at the Park and Ride facility off of Sycamore Valley Road and took the westbound driver and Dowlati to area trauma centers.

The driver, a 32-year-old who police did not yet want to identify, was taken to Eden Valley Medical Center in Castro Valley. His condition is unknown as of Tuesday morning.

Sycamore Valley Road was closed in both directions to all traffic, from Camino Ramon to Old Camino Tassajara, until after midnight while officers conducted an on-scene investigation.

Lt. Moule said no charges have been filed, pending the completion of the investigation.

“It’s going to be a long process to investigate,” he said.

Danville Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the crash contact them immediately at (925) 314-3700. 

Danville Patch has created a map of Danville's problem intersections. If you know of any, please post them on this map.

Patch will update this story as it continues to develop.

Mom of three November 16, 2011 at 02:51 AM
. This horrible accident has made me personally pay more attention. I take a few extra seconds when the light changes. I’m allowing more time to get my kids to school, which allows more time for me to get to work. As I said previously we are all responsible for our own actions. Pay attention people, slow down, hang up your phones, plan for the unexpected. Obey the traffic signs they are posted for a reason. Tragic events like this remind us WE ALL should be more careful for ourselves and our neighbors.
Norma Kvool November 16, 2011 at 04:07 AM
I commented about with a suggestion of installing "Red light cameras" at this intersection shortly after the accident occurred. I WILL REPEAT, those cameras do work as a deterent and although no electronic device is fool proof, it would have most likely shown right away who ran the red light. A camera won't stop all accidents, but also reducing and enforcing a lower speed limit will prevent future fatal accidents at this intersection. With all the comments, I seem to be the only one suggesting this??????? And there were no followup comments supporting this idea???? I HAVE SEEN THAT THESE CAMERAS WORK in Livermore, Pleasanton, and Castro Valley. I lost a friend a couple years ago to this same kind of accident and feel very sad for the family of that mother and daughter. My heart goes out to them.
Michael Fryer November 16, 2011 at 04:18 AM
Norma ~ I, like many others who live off of Sycamore Valley Road at or near the accident site, have been keeping track of suggestions on Patch comments. Your suggestion re: red light cameras is number 2 on my list. I have been waiting for the official police report to be completed, and for response from The Town of Danville before taking personal action. Patience, in the wake of what could have been the fate of any of us, is very difficult but necessary. I appreciate and support your idea....And await results. Together, we can make change and honor the victims.
Michael Fryer November 16, 2011 at 04:22 AM
Well said! I agree 100%.
Ralph Hoffmann January 20, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Everyone who drives has a known medical condition. If driving were banned in the SF Bay Area, bus service would be greatly improved, increaing safety and good health, saving everyone money, sparing the air, and promoting USA energy independence.


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