Family and friends are grieving the loss of a Danville mother and daughter who died after a traffic accident Monday on Sycamore Valley Road.

Elham Pirdavari, 51, died at the scene, police said. Her mother, Mahindokht Dowlati, 72, was airlifted to a local trauma center and died there of her injuries. The fatal two-vehicle collision occurred about 4:20 p.m. at the intersection of Brookside Drive and Sycamore.

Saeed Ghezavat, Pirdavari's brother-in-law, wept Tuesday as he described his family's loss.

Pirdavari was a "wonderful human being," someone who would go out of her way looking for people to help, he said, adding that he knew her for more than 40 years and that they grew up as neighbors.

"I had seven brothers but no sisters," he said. "She was more than a sister-in-law, she was my sister ... She was a truly genuine person," he said. "She always had something to tell people how to make their lives better. She was a truly dedicated person, a true Sufi, an enlightened person."

Ghezavat said Tuesday that Pirdavari's home was filled with people "who had lost someone special," many of whom she had helped and who had come to pay respects and grieve with the family.

According to police, Pirdavari was driving a silver Dodge Durango south on Brookside when she was broadsided by a red Toyota pickup traveling west on Sycamore Valley. She died at the scene. Dowlati, was a passenger.


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The driver of the pickup, a 32-year-old Walnut Creek man, was also airlifted to the hospital and is expected to survive, said Lt. Jeff Moule.

A one-mile stretch of Sycamore Valley Road between Camino Ramon and Old Camino Tassajara was reopened early Tuesday after being closed Monday evening while investigators examined the crash site.

Moule said no charges or citations will be considered until the completion of a police investigation. Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call 925-314-3700.

On Tuesday, cars filled the parking island on Silver Oak Place in Blackhawk, where the mother and daughter lived. People trailed in and out of the house, heads down, talking softly. The grief extended past the gates of Blackhawk to Sycamore Valley Road. Tuesday afternoon, on the narrow median strip at the intersection with Brookside, there was a makeshift memorial of flowers. Nearby, a woman dressed in black sat sobbing on the median, held by the shoulders by another woman, also in black.

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