Wednesday, November 12, 2008

CA Tower Seriously Injured In Roadside Crash

Here's the CBS 5 news story:
A tow truck driver was seriously injured today on Interstate Highway 680 in Danville when an alleged intoxicated driver plowed into him while he was trying to help a disabled vehicle, California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Creel said.

The crash happened at 12:05 p.m. on southbound Highway 680 south of Sycamore Valley Road, Creel said.

Richard Castro, a 28-year-old Discovery Bay resident who operated a AAA tow truck for Save Tow in San Ramon, was on the side of the highway helping the driver of a disabled Subaru Forester when he saw a two-axel truck coming toward him.

The truck driver, 50-year-old Antioch resident David Gava, veered his truck off the road for an unknown reason and crashed into the Subaru, peeling off the entire left side of the vehicle, and then striking the left side of the tow truck, Creel said.

Castro, who was standing on the left side of the tow truck, saw Gava's truck coming and tried to jump out of the way, but the impact caused him to be either struck or run over by his own vehicle, Creel said.

Castro and Gava both sustained major injuries. The driver of the Subaru was outside the vehicle during the crash and was not injured.

A fourth vehicle, an Acura TL, was also involved in the crash, but CHP officers were still trying to determine which vehicle hit it.

The driver of the Acura sustained minor injuries.

The highway was briefly shut down in both directions to allow a medical helicopter to land. The helicopter transported Castro to John Muir Medical Center in critical condition, Creel said.

A ground ambulance transported Gava and the driver of the Acura to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. Gava was later transferred to John Muir Medical Center, where he was treated and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The wreckage was cleared and all lanes of the highway were reopened by about 2:45 p.m., Creel said.


Anonymous said...

Im you know that damaging ones character is against the law?Shame on you reporter!Make sure you know exactly the news you report on is actually true.Mr. Gava was not arresrted for DUI or drugs,and who did you get your information from?A cracker jacks box?

Anonymous said...

well h should have been arrested because of wat he did to my brother u guys are gonna be screwed! haha and i know what hapened and that all is about true

Anonymous said...

This is to everone out their that drives a tow truck always keep ur eyes on the road and never take them off or you could be like me this story is about me and i am still mest up intell this day and hurting but my kids are hurting more then me they miss there old dad the one that can do anything and play with them if i had one wish it would to be able to play with them again and not have lost everthing we had because of this .

Anonymous said...

i am not suprised david gava is a known drug user and if he was not drunk or on drugs he probobly was trying to kill himself "if you eer met his girlfriend you know what i mean" hope things get better for ya mr tow truck driver god bless