A pickup truck driver was killed after he pulled off to the shoulder of Highway 101 to inspect a mechanical problem with his truck when another vehicle veered off the road and crashed into the back of his pickup. The teenage driver of the other vehicle was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for evaluation after the accident.
The teenager had been reported missing from his home yesterday at 6:30 in the morning, about an hour and a half before the accident. According to local news reports the teen's brother indicated at that time that the teen may have been suicidal. A California Highway Patrol officer has said that at this point they do not feel that the teenager intentionally collided with the stopped truck, but they are continuing to investigate.
According to the Highway Patrol, the Toyota Camry driven by the teen swerved onto the right should of the highway striking the pickup truck which was stopped just south of the Sierra Point Parkway. The driver of the truck was thrown approximately 75 feet as a result of the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene. The force of the crash ruptured the truck's gas tank but the spill was contained and there were no reports of a fire associated with the crash.
Regardless of whether the Highway patrol eventually determines that this was truly an accident or that it may have been a failed suicide attempt, this is a tragedy for the family and friends of the man who lost his life.
Source: San Ramon Express News "Missing teen crashes into truck on U.S. 101, kills driver" Jessica Lipsky, May 10, 2011