PETALUMA (CBS SF) – A 19-year-old Petaluma man who was paralyzed in a diving accident a year ago was killed in a crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Marin County on Sunday afternoon.

Daniel “Danny” Cox was driving a modified 2005 Dodge Magnum at about 60 to 70 mph when he allowed the car to drift to the right, CHP Officer Chris Rardin said.

The Dodge went off the roadway and struck a tree just south of the Redwood Landfill near Novato around 5:40 p.m., Rardin said. Cox died at the scene.

There were no skid marks leaving the roadway, and debris from the car was strewn as far as 300 feet from the crash site, CHP officials said.

On Aug. 10, 2010, Cox broke his neck and became paralyzed from the chest down when he dove into shallow water at a South Lake Tahoe beach.

His family said he still had use of his hands and arms, and Rardin said the Dodge had been modified to allow Cox to drive.

Cox was a graduate of Petaluma High School, where he played football and was on the track and field team. He was one of Northern California’s regional long-jump champions.

He was enrolled in the fire science program at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Cox got his driver’s license on July 26 and had been driving to physical therapy sessions, his family said on a website that chronicled his recovery.

He was to be measured this week for a less bulky wheelchair he could fold up and put in his car, his family said on Thursday.

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Comments (14)
  1. Sigmund says:

    “Petaluma Teen Paralyzed In Car Wreck Dies In 2nd Crash”

    ” Marin County, Petaluma PETALUMA (CBS SF) – A 19-year-old Petaluma man who was paralyzed in a diving accident a year ago was killed in a crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Marin County on Sunday afternoon.”

    Dear CBS,
    You might want to decide what REALLY happened, and not post a header and a story line that conflict.

    1. BB says:

      Where’s the conflict? II made sense to me.

      1. delilah says:

        he was paralyzed in a diving accident, not in a car crash as the headline states.

  2. Jack Meoph says:

    Final Destination is real people.

  3. Max Schell says:

    Destined to be dead

  4. Donald Sandri says:

    Poor kid. That’s a whole lot of bad luck. RIP..

  5. BP says:

    No skid marks… sounds like he did this on purpose…

    1. Beavis415 says:

      My thoughts ditto. Unless he passed out or blacked out the only logical explanation is he did it on purpose especially with no signs of trying to stop before hitting a very large oak tree.

  6. crack says:

    I’m thinking suicide.

  7. car wreck says:

    Think it’s a suicidal attempt.

    1. Jenny Lewis Black says:

      If it was, it wasn’t an attempt as he was obviously sucessfull!

      RIP Young Man!

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