Driver Arrested After Early Morning Roll-Over on Ralston Avenue

The 18-year-old driver was arrested at the scene and booked into San Mateo County Jail. The occupants in the car were all NDNU students.

Saddiq Jami   Booking photo courtesy of San Mateo County Sheriff's Office
Saddiq Jami Booking photo courtesy of San Mateo County Sheriff's Office

Belmont police say intoxication and speeding appear to have led to a solo-vehicle collision early Saturday morning on Ralston Avenue. The driver and four other occupants in the car are all students at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU). 

According to Capt. Pat Halleran of the Belmont Police Dept., police and fire units responded to a report of a traffic collision in the 1400 block of Ralston Avenue about 2:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Upon arrival, officers found a 2011 Toyota Camry sedan on its roof in the middle of the road. The vehicle was occupied by the five students, who had been on their way back to campus.

Three of the occupants, the 18 year-old driver, a 20 year-old male passenger and an 18 year-old female passenger were treated at the scene by Belmont firefighters, with assistance from firefighters from the San Mateo-Foster City Fire Department. The other two occupants, a male and female, both 18 years old, were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was the only occupant wearing a seatbelt.

Officers determined that the Toyota had been traveling eastbound on Ralston Avenue when it left the roadway as the driver was attempting to negotiate the curve at Chula Vista Drive. The car collided with a cinderblock wall and rolled over, coming to rest in the roadway.

The driver, Saddiq Jami age 18 of Alameda, was arrested at the scene and booked into the San Mateo County Jail on charges of driving under the influence, driving under the influence resulting in injury (a felony) and being under 21 years of age with a blood alcohol over .05 percent. 

Phillip Bailey November 07, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Not ONE of the other passengers - chose to drive his car?
Nicole December 07, 2013 at 04:45 PM
@phillipBailey If I understand correctly only one other person in the vehicle had a license and they were intoxicated. Not that this was an excuse for underage intoxication or driving under the influence I just thought you should know the background information on your comment. In regards to the rest of this article it lacks in accurate information. For example, the 18 year old female that was treated for "non-life threatening injuries". Since when do we not consider brain injuries to be life threatening when the person with said injuries is being treated at Stanford's ICU?
Phillip Bailey December 07, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Hey Nicole, thanks for the info. As far as the inaccurate part of the article - I think you should bring that up with either the person who wrote the article or the public safety data for which she provided with in order to author the November 4th article. Are you just getting to this article now on December 11th. Do you know any of the occupants? If so let us know more facts that will provide further insight. My initial comment has validity only because usually there is somebody in a group setting that has the intestinal fortitude to be the Designated Driver. I was wrong.
Phillip Bailey December 07, 2013 at 04:57 PM
See above, I meant December 7th...


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