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Teens Arrested After Crashing into Home on Los Gatos-San Jose Border

Two boys, age 17, are charged with reckless driving after one slams into home in the 5400 block of Leigh Avenue and another plows into pole in West San Jose; mother and child inside house injured.

Two 17-year-old boys were arrested Thursday and charged with felony reckless driving after being involved in a two-car accident that injured five people when one of the vehicles plowed into a West San Jose home, on the Los Gatos border.

The teenagers, who were driving BMWs, are believed to have been speeding southbound on Leigh Avenue when the silver vehicle slammed into a house in the 5400 block of Leigh Avenue near Anne Way just before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The red car hit a pole. Inside the home, however, the silver BMW ran over a 40-year-old woman and her 9-year-old daughter. The mother remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, according to San Jose police spokesman Albert Morales.

The neighbors are setting up a fund at a local bank to help the mother and her family, said resident Dan Cuschieri, who contributed to the reporting of this story as it was breaking Wednesday afternoon.

The residents plan to discuss traffic calming measures at a neighborhood party this weekend, Cuschieri added. "... This is a real big issue near the schools," Cuschieri said, referring to the proximity of Leigh High School to the scene of the wreck.

Three people who were riding in the silver BMW were also treated at area hospitals for injuries and the drivier of the red BMW was treated at the scene, police said.

Cuschieri, who lives close the scene of the accident, said he had witnessed a head-on collision in the neighborhood recently and hoped San Jose police would step up patrols.

The teens are no longer in custody and were released to their parents, police said.

Jeanne Rajabzadeh April 27, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Would it help to put in speed bumps?
Matt Harris April 30, 2013 at 05:19 PM
On leigh?! I can see it on a residential street but not on a major thoroughfare
Aggie May 01, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Why not put a circle between Anne Way and Leigh, that way the cars has to slow down?
April F May 04, 2013 at 06:24 AM
WHY are these children even driving in the first place? This incident demonstrates to me that parents down here are raising entitled, irresponsible children. Tell me these kids worked hard to earn the money to drive these BMWs to school? I'll bet these same parents allow their kids to have house parties with alcohol. Again, just a matter of time before another tragedy occurs. Take control parents!

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