Tahoe man dies during Thanksgiving day reunion
November 27, 2005
A Stateline man and two of his cousins were killed in an accident Thursday near Pleasanton when the car they were riding crashed into a house.
Joseph Robert Ingenluyff, 21, a Lakeside Inn and Casino employee, died in the accident, along with passengers David Christopher Crevelt, 47, of Livermore and James Gurevich, 17, of Simi Valley.
Family members were attending a large Thanksgiving function at Crevelt’s home in Livermore, according to The Associated Press.
Ingenluyff was the driver of the Lincoln Town car, which the California Highway Patrol says was going at “a high rate of speed” when it took a sharp turn in the road at about 11:30 p.m., hitting a concrete pillar and a farm house. No one was injured inside the house.
“The road curves and the car never did,” CHP Sgt. Way Ziese told the Contra Costa Times newspaper.
The victims are believed to have died instantly, Ziese said.
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The CHP officer said there were no obvious signs of alcohol use. The crash remains under investigation.
Ingenluyff is survived by his parents, Laura and Mike Ingenluyff of Stateline, brothers Michael, who is in Iraq serving in the military, Sean, who graduated from Whittell this year, and sister Sarah, who is a senior at Whittell and plays varsity basketball and volleyball.
Whittell girls basketball coach Nathan Tolbert said team members left cards and flowers at the Ingenluyffs’ home before Saturday’s game against North Tahoe High School.
Tolbert remembers Ingenluyff as an affable, hard-working young man who would take his sister to basketball practice and watch her play in regular season games.
Robert Scaduto, who knows Ingenluyff family through Whittell athletic programs, said the accident was a tragedy for the entire Whittell family.
“The Ingenluyffs are a good family. None of the kids have ever gotten into any trouble and that’s because of the good parenting they’ve had. The Ingenluyffs have been all about their kids,” Scaduto said.
Scaduto saw Joseph several weeks ago and recalled how the 21-year-old told him about his job at Lakeside and talked about Michael, who was then being deployed to Iraq.
Larry Riley, a teacher and former athletic director at Whittell High School, recalled Joseph as being a “sharp, bright kid who chose to do his own thing” leaving Whittell High School after his junior year.
“He was a great kid. This is a real tragedy. Being a parent, or anyone who is a parent for that matter, something like this is your worse fear,” Riley said Sunday. “I feel empathy and sadness for the family.”
Colleagues at Lakeside who worked with Ingenluyff were unavailable for comment on Sunday. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Passenger Crevelt was married, the father of three children, sold insurance in Livermore and was a soccer coach. Gurevich was a high school student in Simi Valley.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report