Today’s Daily Press includes the following story:
Five hurt in three-vehicle crashMay 23, 2010 3:55 PM
VICTORVILLE • Several people were injured early Sunday morning during a head-on crash on Highway 395, and while a good Samaritan tried to help the victims, a third vehicle slammed into the crash scene, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said.
Shortly before 4 a.m., a 2001 BMW driven by a 48-year-old man northbound on Highway 395 north of Bear Valley Road, crossed into the southbound lane and struck a 2008 Toyota Camry head on, according to a sheriff’s news release.
The Toyota Camry, driven by a 38-year-old man with a 19-year-old male passenger, spun off the roadway and came to rest on the east dirt shoulder. The BMW remained in the southbound lane.
Just after the collision, an uninvolved motorist stopped to assist the involved parties. While the motorist was standing on the passenger side of the BMW, a 2002 Oldsmobile sport utility vehicle traveling northbound, struck the BMW, throwing the pedestrian from the roadway.
The Oldsmobile, driven by a 26-year-old woman, veered off the roadway, striking a power pole.
All five people involved were transported by ambulance to area trauma centers with unknown injuries, according to sheriff’s officials.
Anyone with information the collision is asked to contact Deputy Scott Chapdelaine at (760) 243-1894.
What is not reported in the story is the fact that an off-duty Alhambra police officer, who had been drinking, was involved in the first accident. The daughter of a recently retired sheriff’s lieutenant was the driver of the vehicle who hit the uninvolved motorist who stopped to assist. She is a sheriff’s deputy who recently was reassigned to the jail due to incompetence. She too had been drinking.
Because of the fact a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy was involved in the accident, Lieutenant Hebert from the city of Victorville station was called to the scene. iePolitics has been told that Hebert instructed the responding deputy to leave the facts that alcohol was involved and off-duty officers were involved out of the press release. The deputy responded that he was not willing to cover up for anyone. Lt. Hebert then had a third party prepare the press release. As we can see from the story above, there is no mention of off-duty officers or alcohol.
I am told that kits were done on both cops and it is expected that they will be prosecuted if justified. However, once again we are witnessing the usual pattern of cover-up committed by the Sheriff’s Department. Anyone else who was intoxicated and sent one or more persons to the hospital due to an automobile accident would have their names printed in the paper. This double standards needs to stop.