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Petaluma teen paralyzed in Lake Tahoe diving accident dies in Highway 101 crash

The family, sat stunned and grief-stricken, in front of their west Petaluma home Monday as well-wishers stopped by to offer condolences.

The Cox-McGowan family, already struggling to deal with 19-year-old Danny Cox's catastrophic spinal injury a year ago, was dealt another tragic blow Sunday evening when the young man died in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 101.

Danny Cox, 1992-2011


"He was so kind, so kind to people," said his mother, Maureen McGowan, tears flowing as others tried to console her. "He was so giving."

Cox died when the 2005 Dodge Magnum wagon he was driving struck a tree along the freeway about 5:45 p.m. Sunday.

He was heading south on the highway north of Novato when the vehicle left the road and hit an oak tree near Olompali State Park. He was alone in the car.

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