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Girl, 17, dies in car crash
El Camino High senior was three-sport athlete, top student, police cadet
By Bret Putnam, STAFF WRITER
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO -- A 17-year-old El Camino High student was killed Wednesday when the BMW she was driving jumped a center divider and collided with an oncoming van on rain-slickened Westborough Boulevard.
Marla Miranda, who lived in Daly City, was apparently on her way to a mock City Council meeting at South San Francisco's Municipal Services Building when the accident occurred at about 4:07 p.m.
Police said Miranda apparently lost control of her black BMW as she was traveling east on Westborough, just west of Camaritas Avenue. Miranda's BMW jumped a raised concrete divider and was struck by a Chevrolet van. She died at the scene.
Miranda was "an awesome kid," said her El Camino basketball coach, Kim Charlton. "She was just a really mature, nice girl that you could tell was going to do very well in life."
Miranda, a senior, was a shooting guard on the basketball team, played softball and volleyball and did well in school. Her performance on the 2002 Star test earned her a Governor's Award. Miranda was also a cadet with the Daly City junior police academy.
She was "well-loved by her fellow players and coaches," Charlton said. "Everyone's devastated."
Miranda's softball coach, Liz Hara, described her as a dogged player. While not outstandingly gifted, she made up for athletic weaknesses with a can-do attitude.
"She was one of those kids you want on your team," Hara said. "She would always do her best and never get down."
After the initial collision, the Chevrolet was hit by a Toyota which had been traveling behind it. The van driver and two passengers were transported to San Francisco General Hospital. Police did not list their names or conditions. The driver of the Toyota refused treatment for a bruised knee.

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that is indeed sad, but umm, why post here? I would hope people know better than to drive fast and recklessly in the rain.
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