Driver, 87, Gets Stuck on Bike Path Near Hwy. 101 On-Ramp in Greenbrae

Kentfield resident attempted to enter Hwy. 101 on the west side by driving up Nellen Ave. to a narrow path before he "became wedged solidly on the pedestrian path, facing northbound," police say.

A driver caused quite a stir in the area around the Greenbrae on-ramp to southbound Hwy. 101 Tuesday afternoon, confusingly heading onto a bike path on the west side of the highway and driving until his car "became wedged solidly" on the path, forcing the shutdown of one lane so the car could be towed from the path, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The incident was reported near the on-ramp from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to southbound Hwy. 101 at about 12:20 p.m. when 87-year-old Raymond Pierce of Kentfield drove his 1991 Toyota Corolla station wagon northbound on Nellen Avenue at approximately 25 miles per hour, CHP Officer Eric Hohmeister said.

Pierce was attempting to enter the freeway, but became confused and drove onto a pedestrian/bike path that runs along the west side of the freeway and crosses Corte Madera Creek. Pierce continued along the path "until the walls narrowed to such an extent that his vehicle collided with both sides and became wedged solidly" on it, Hohmeister said.  

Pierce remained in the vehicle and was unable to reverse or exit due to the vehicle’s position, he said. The path is separated from traffic by a concrete barrier and a railing.

CHP officers shut down one lane of the on-ramp for approximately 35 minutes so that a tow truck could pull the Toyota off the path, Hohmeister said.

Pierce was not injured in the incident, but his vehicle sustained moderate damage to both sides, Hohmeister said. He was issued a mandatory reevaluation of his driver's license.

Sierra Salin December 19, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Poor guy needed a Swiss Army Knife with a can opener. Oops.....
Cindy Goefft December 19, 2012 at 06:39 PM
I saw this just after it happened, and thought of something just as silly I did once in dense fog... ouch!
John Ferguson December 21, 2012 at 08:24 PM
A licensing reevaluation is probably a good idea.. If he had been riding a bike he would be home by now! As an aside, about a year ago I was riding my bike west on the pathway that parallels Corte Madera creek and came upon a woman driving her car on the path right next to the rowing club.. I think she was trying to get to 101 south and had turned too early. Maybe it's time for some barriers to these pathways..
Cat December 25, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I agree John. I can see where drivers would be easily confused!


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