A longtime physical education teacher who lived in San Ramon died in a three-car crash at the intersection of Crow Canyon and Bollinger Canyon roads on Wednesday afternoon when her car was struck by a truck that police say appeared to have run a red light.
The victim was identified by the Contra Costa County Sheriff Coroner's Division as 56-year-old Susan Guinee. She worked in the San Lorenzo Unified School District for more than three decades, most recently teaching adapted and modified PE for students with special needs at Arroyo High School.
"During her 31-year teaching career in San Lorenzo Unified, she impacted many students. Please keep Ms. Guinee’s family in your thoughts and prayers," Superintendent Daryl Camp said. "The San Lorenzo Unified School District family is extremely saddened by this loss. Support has been and will continue to be available for both students and staff during this difficult time period."
According to San Ramon police Capt. Cary Goldberg, while the crash is still under investigation, it appears that the truck struck Guinee's vehicle at approximately 12:15 p.m. after running a red light while traveling eastbound on Crow Canyon Road.
The lone occupant of her vehicle, Guinee had been attempting to turn westbound on Crow Canyon Road from Bollinger Canyon Road when she was struck, according to police.
Police officials added that three other involved people were either transported to the hospital by ambulance or treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck has not been identified publicly.
The crash caused a closure of the intersection for approximately four hours on Wednesday.
In the wake of Guinee's death, San Ramon resident David Lawrence has organized a GoFundMe page to raise money to support her family. More than $16,000 in donations had been collected as of mid-afternoon Friday.
The GoFundMe said that Guinee is survived by her son Devin and her live-in mother. The organizer hopes the fundraising page will help provide the family with money for food, rent and funeral expenses during this time.
"Devin and his family have made a massive impact in this community, and they need and deserve help now. Please consider donating whatever you can as soon as you can -- the expenses are real and they're immediate. But also keep the Guinee family in your thoughts and prayers beyond the next few days and weeks. The support they need will be ongoing, and I can't think of a more worthy cause," the GoFundMe page said.