Driver takes blame for LV accident

Posted Oct. 27, 2006
Kelly Rivas

Officer David Mortazavi from the traffic division of the La Verne Police Department measures distances for the investigator of the accident. The accident involved two motor vehicles traveling in opposite directions on Bonita Avenue and a parked car. The accident occurred about 9 a.m. on Bonita Avenue between C and D streets Thursday.

A yellow 2006 Nissan Sentra struck a white Ford F-150 at approximately 9 a.m. Thursday while traveling eastbound on Bonita Avenue directly in front of the University Relations building.

“I’m taking full responsibility for this,” said Fred Carson, driver of the Nissan. “I felt the car pass the bumps.”

The driver of the F-150, Jack Long, lead inspector of Bottom Line Termite Control Inc., appeared injured as he was taken away on a stretcher after having to remain seated along the curb at approximately 9:30 a.m.

“It sounded like a trash truck emptying its bins, but it just kept going,” said Craig Barnes, a State Farm Insurance agent who owns the business located on Bonita. “I thought it was a commercial truck, the impact sounded really bad.”

Carson, 28, an Orange County resident, claims the sun’s glare blinded him momentarily while he was crossing the Bonita and D Street intersection. As he positioned the sun guards on his glasses, he felt the vehicle cross the double yellow line and clip the F-150 near its rear.

The F-150, owned by Bottom Line, in turn hit a blue 1989 Chevrolet Caprice parked along the curb.

As a result of the impact, the F-150’s toolbox fell off hitting the Caprice, shattering the rear window and denting its trunk.

“We are not claiming any responsibility,” said Adam Zeeman, operations manager for Bottom Line.

“As far as from the officer’s comment, it’s not his [Long’s] liability.”

Long was administered a Breathalyzer test before being taken to the hospital, which officers said was standard procedure.

Zeeman said the test came back negative.

Investigator Jim Royal of the La Verne Police Department said it is not procedure to administer Breathalyzer tests to all parties involved in an accident; it’s up to the discretion of the officers on the scene.

Carson walked away from the accident with no apparent injuries.

He had been driving a friend home at the time of the accident; the passenger left the scene and was unavailable for comment.

Long had no passengers at the time of the accident.

The Nissan sustained severe damage to its left front.

The F-150 sustained some damage to its left rear, and several punctured tires.

The F-150 and Caprice, needed to be separated mechanically and towed away on a flat-bed truck.

Traffic was diverted between C and D streets for more than an hour.

The owner of the parked Caprice arrived shortly after the accident, however he declined to comment.

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