The car accident that took the life of a 17-year-old boy the night before he was to start his senior year at San Ramon Valley High School is a relatively rare event in Danville, according to numbers from the state Office of Traffic Safety.
Between 2008 and 2010, Danville reported one of the lowest numbers of fatal and injury collisions compared to nearly 100 cities with a similar population. For the three years in which the OTS provides statewide rankings, Danville placed in the top 10 percent of safety. That means out of 100 similarly sized cities, at least 90 counted more collisions involving a death or an injury.
Number of Danville fatal and/or injury collisions
While the accident that killed Robert Orlando at 8:50 p.m. on Monday will be officially reported as a daytime collision to the California Highway Patrol, the number of nighttime collisions (9 p.m. - 2:59 a.m.) in Danville account for only six percent of the total between 2008 and 2010.
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident, but early reports suggested that alcohol was not a factor. Between 2008 and 2010, there were no collisions with a death or an injury where the driver was under 21 and had been drinking.
With 13 collisions involving a pedestrian between 2008 and 2010, Danville also ranks as one of the safer places to walk compared to cities with a similar population. On August 19, a 53-year-old woman was struck by a car on Camino Tassajara. The driver was arrested on suspicion of causing injury while driving under the influence.