Man in Wheelchair Hurt in Santa Rosa Pedestrian Accident on Dutton Avenue and Sebastopol Road
SANTA ROSA, CA (July 21, 2021) – Tuesday morning, a truck hit and injured Juventino Abarca on Dutton Avenue.
According to reports, 68-year-old Juventino Abarca rode a motorized wheelchair in the crosswalk. He was headed east on Dutton Avenue at Sebastopol Road at around 6:30 a.m. Then, a male GMC truck driver traveling east on Sebastopol Road veered left on Dutton Avenue. Then, the truck hit Abarca.
Sgt. Christopher Mahurin revealed that the 29-year-old truck driver, Edwin Valley-Morales, had a green light but a flashing yellow arrow when he turned.
Then, the driver continued driving for around 60 feet at 20 mph. Not knowing that he dragged Abarca until a witness waved him down.
As a result, Juventino Abarca sustained a broken left arm, a cut to his head, and lacerations of his liver and chest. He also suffered from abdominal pain, said Sgt. Tim Barrett.
Thus, responders took him to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. His status remains undisclosed.
Meanwhile, Valle-Morales said that he couldn’t see the man in the crosswalk from his vantage point in the driver’s seat.
Also, the driver showed no preliminary signs of impairment. Moreover, Mahurin hasn’t confirmed whether a chemical test was given. However, he revealed that patrol officers were sure he was not impaired due to the sobriety field test they administered.
Mahurin added that Valle-Morales is at fault but there will be no criminal charges. Mahurin stated, “Because it wasn’t intentional and it wasn’t gross neglect. It was merely an accident that caused no life-threatening injury.”
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