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Girl dies after hit-and-run n Police ask public to help find ‘person

of interest’ in deadly street race crash BY JESSICA BERNSTEINWAX Daily News Staff Writer

said. After the crash, the Mustang driver apparently jumped into the other car, which then headed westbound on Willow. Officers spoke with the Mustang’s registered owner and determined that person wasn’t driving the car. They are searching for 24year-old Shannon Fox, of East Palo Alto, a person of interest in the case, Ortega said. “We will definitely find the person that did this and help bring him to justice,” Ortega said. Sun Microsystems employees who witnessed the four-car crash told The Daily News on Thursday that the Mustang may have been going as fast as 70 mph. The company’s video camera picked up the crash, but the license plate of the other suspect vehicle isn’t visible, Ortega said. Menlo Park police were storing the victim’s crumpled car in their lot Friday afternoon. A small cross hung from the rear-view mirror. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call 650-330-6300.

A 6-year-old Menlo Park girl died Friday afternoon from injuries she sustained in a high-speed, hit-and-run car crash a day earlier, police said. The unidentified child was traveling in the back seat of a blue Toyota Camry with her parents at about 2 p.m. Thursday when a black Mustang headed northbound on Bayfront Expressway ran a red light at Willow Road and plowed into the car, Menlo Park police Sgt. Matthew Ortega said Friday. The Toyota was headed east on Willow Road to the Sun Microsystems complex. The girl’s mother, who was riding in the passenger seat, remained in stable condition at a local hospital with mild head trauma and some broken bones, Ortega said. The father was driving the car and didn’t suffer any major injuries. Police believe the black Mustang, abandoned at the scene after the accident, was in a street race with a white Honda or Toyota. The cars were traveling at a “high rate of E-mail Jessica Bernstein-Wax speed” in the 50-mph zone, Ortega at jbernstein@dailynewsgroup.

INSIDE TODAY

State requests probe of VA hospital n 23 glaucoma patients

suffered serious vision loss BY JESSICA BERNSTEINWAX Daily News Staff Writer

Kat Wade / Daily News

Sgt. Matthew Ortega stands in the Menlo Park Police Department lot, where the crumpled remains of a car struck during a deadly hit-and-run are being stored, on Friday. A 6-year-old girl died of injuries she suffered Thursday at the intersection of Bayfront Expressway and Willow Road.

PERSON OF INTEREST

NAME: SHANNON STEVEN HODGSON FOX D.O.B.: June 22, 1985 HEIGHT: 6 feet 2 inches WEIGHT: 220, muscular CONTACT: Detective Tim Brackett at 650-330-6345,

or call the anonymous tip line at 650-330-6395

The state consumer affairs department has formally requested an investigation into the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, where 23 glaucoma patients experienced significant vision loss while receiving treatment. California Department of Consumer Affairs Director Brian Stiger made the request in response to an administrative petition the California Academy of Eye Surgeons and Physicians, the American Glaucoma Society and the California Medical Association filed in September with his agency. “As the events at the VA hospital do concern consumers, I am formally requesting that the Board of Optometry, together with the Medical Board of California, investigate the occurrences at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital regarding the eye VA HOSPITAL, page A5

YMCA Youth and Government program lets high-schoolers give lawmaking a try Meghan Byrd, 15, from left, Grace Keller, 15, Al Brooks, 14, and Lucas Brooks, 14, listen to Diego Marin, 17, of East Palo Alto, (not pictured) present a bill he authored to a panel of officials at Palo Alto City Hall on Thursday. Diego’s bill was an act to amend Section 12814 of the Vehicle Code. Members of Palo Alto Family YMCA’s Youth and Government program are practicing parliamentary procedure in preparation for a five-day trip to the California Capitol in February.

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Help families in need this holiday season; send donations to the Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto at P.O. Box 51874, Palo Alto, 94303

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Teens lay down the law BY DIANA SAMUELS

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Daily News Staff Writer

Even with all the heat Sacramento lawmakers take for enabling a budget crises and partisan bickering, there’s at least one group of young people who want to fill their shoes — for a few days, at least. In Palo Alto and other cities across the United States, high school students with an interest in poli-

tics join YMCA Youth and Government programs, where they write bills, practice parliamentary procedure and ultimately hash it all out in the halls of state capitols as they play the roles of legislators, lobbyists and other politicos. Palo Alto Family YMCA’s Youth and Government program has grown in recent years and now has more than 30 students from Palo Alto High, Gunn and other local schools who spend six months gear-

ing up for a five-day trip to Sacramento. On Thursday, they brought a set of bills to Palo Alto City Hall for feedback from city officials, and this weekend they’re taking their first out-of-town trip of the year. “I follow the news and follow politics pretty religiously, so when I saw this I got into it,” Kuran Freyermuth, a 15-year-old Paly sophomore, said at one of the group’s recent weekly meetings. LAWMAKERS, page A5

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