Streets Near Leigh High School Not on Traffic "Hot Spot" List

Although the area where Wednesday's crash happened had 169 crashes - 47 of which were injury crashes - last month, the city does not consider this area a "hot spot" for traffic accidents.

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    Marianne Favro reports on what it takes to get a neighborhood on a hot spot list with the San Jose police when it comes to street safety. (Published Friday, Apr 26, 2013)

    Two 17-year-old boys who allegedly were speeding in a residential San Jose neighborhood on Wednesday and crashed a BMW into a home were arrested on felony charges of reckless driving, police said.

    Their identities have not been made public because they are juveniles. They have since been released to their parents.

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    But police and witnesses said the teens appeared to be speeding down Leigh Avenue at Anne Way about 4 p.m. when a silver BMW careened into a home, injuring five people. The most severely injured was a 40-year-old mother who was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, though her husband said on Thursday he believed his wife would recover. Their home was uninhabitable on Thursday, boarded up and deemed unsafe to re-enter.

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    Her 9-year-old daughter somehow escaped serious injury even though she was also buried underneath rubble inside the home.

    Neighbors had to pull both out from under the car, which landed inside the home.

    Three teens in the car that crashed into the home were also taken to the hospital.

    Police spokesman Albert Morales also said they believe both cars were traveling at a "high rate of speed." Satchel Belansky told NBC Bay Area that he saw the silver BMW racing with a red car and lose control.

    Neighbors Stephanie Collins, a nurse, and Lou Soliz, a retired Palo Alto police officer, rushed inside to help and pulled the car roof off of the mother. Collins said the daughter was "curled up in the fetal position" and her mother's legs were "twisted up" behind her back.

    It was a dangerous scene, Soliz said. "The roof was caving in, it wasn't a good place to be," he said, adding that in general, the streets can be dangerous with kids driving around "in their $50,000 cars."

    In fact, this neighborhood appears to attract reckless driving.

    In January, Linda Keeley told NBC Bay Area that a 17-year-old driver and his girlfriend ended up smashing into parked cars in her driveway.

    She said the teen was not the same one as in Wednesday's crash and she is not sure what ended up happening to him legally.

    Still, she said that police told her that car was going 80 mph and she provided a photograph showing her damaged cars. There is debris scattered all over the sidewalk and Keeley said the car missed hitting her home by about six inches.

    According to San Jose traffic records, the area where the BMWs crashed is in "Zone 5," west of Highway 87, south of Interstate Highway 280 and east of 880.

    Although this zone had 169 crashes - 47 of which were injury crashes - last month, the city does not consider this area a "hot spot" for traffic accidents.

    In fact, the accidents in Zone 5 comprised 19 percent of the city's overall accidents last month, police reports indicate.

    Two other zones - called Zone 3 and Zone 4 - had more crashes than Zone 5: Last month, there were 191 crashes and 213 crashes respectively in those two zones, according to traffic reports provided by the San Jose police department.

    Citywide, San Jose had a total of 893 crashes last month, 246 of which were injury accidents.

     NBC Bay Area's Damian Trujillo, Lisa Fernandez and George Kiriyama contributed to this report.