Petaluma couple killed in I-80 big ri...

Petaluma couple killed in I-80 big rig crash

There are 29 comments on the Sacramento Bee Newspaper story from Mar 29, 2013, titled Petaluma couple killed in I-80 big rig crash. In it, Sacramento Bee Newspaper reports that:

Authorities have released the identities of the two people killed in a fiery crash on a Northern California highway that occurred after the driver of a big rig choked on food and lost consciousness.

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Since: May 07

Sacramento, CA

#1 Mar 29, 2013
Eating and driving is the next on the list of activities that will be outlawed while driving. It is nearly just as distracting as texting and driving.
MsSoccerMom

Elk Grove, CA

#2 Mar 29, 2013
Ferenczy wrote:
Eating and driving is the next on the list of activities that will be outlawed while driving. It is nearly just as distracting as texting and driving.
Next trucks will be equipped with in cab cameras to monitor the activities of drivers. But with that said, this trucker's story is fishy, he chocked on a sandwich and went unconscious, but he survived. I think he just screwed up and want's to blame the food. I doubt he passed out.
Peaceful Dove

Orange, CA

#3 Mar 29, 2013
This couple have been longtime friends of my family. They were the kindest people we have ever known. I am sure they have forgiven the truck driver. I hope their children can heal from this great and tragic loss. My heart is heavy and my head has been spinning with grief.

Since: Nov 12

Elk Grove, CA

#4 Mar 29, 2013
Ferenczy wrote:
Eating and driving is the next on the list of activities that will be outlawed while driving. It is nearly just as distracting as texting and driving.
Truckers should take a lunch break like everyone else which means finding the next exit to eat.
RiverRaft

Orange, CA

#5 Mar 30, 2013
Causing an accident while choking on food would be easier to deal with than admitting that you were responsible for the death of two people because you fell asleep at the wheel. The trucker's story is a little far fetched. He was choking, lost consciousness and then miraculously the food was dislodged and he regained consciousness.......please

Since: Nov 12

Elk Grove, CA

#6 Mar 30, 2013
RiverRaft wrote:
Causing an accident while choking on food would be easier to deal with than admitting that you were responsible for the death of two people because you fell asleep at the wheel. The trucker's story is a little far fetched. He was choking, lost consciousness and then miraculously the food was dislodged and he regained consciousness.......please
well said, that's what I was thinking.
Anon

Fresno, CA

#7 Mar 30, 2013
The driver did not choke on food. Get your facts straight before you open your mouths.
RiverRaft

United States

#8 Mar 30, 2013
Anon wrote:
The driver did not choke on food. Get your facts straight before you open your mouths.
I am commenting on this story. This story says the driver choked on food.....
Anon

Fresno, CA

#9 Mar 30, 2013
RiverRaft wrote:
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I am commenting on this story. This story says the driver choked on food.....
Well this story is incorrect. Whoever told them that he had even been eating was lying. Idiots.
RiverRaft

United States

#10 Mar 30, 2013
Anon wrote:
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Well this story is incorrect. Whoever told them that he had even been eating was lying. Idiots.
What happened?
Bubba

Elk Grove, CA

#11 Mar 30, 2013
Anon wrote:
The driver did not choke on food. Get your facts straight before you open your mouths.
Oh so he's lying huh? Well that's exactly what he said happened! He said he "briefly lost consciousness after choking on food". Actually I don't buy that story either! BRIEFLY passed out??? I'm sure he was tested for drugs and alcohol and hope there is a black box or something to show how fast and responsibly he was driving. Was he babbling on the phone or texting or had he been behind the wheel way too many hours (a violation of the law)? I suspect there is much more to the story than that flimsy excuse he gave.

According to the Bee the driver of the big rig Mr. John Manuszak, 45 of Fresno "has been arrested more than a half dozen times on various charges including burglary, car theft and domestic violence. Additionally he was on probation and had his driver's license revoked in 2006". Sounds like a model of responsibility away from and behind the wheel huh?

There was a time when truck drivers were model drivers, skillful and courteous and known as "Knights of the Road"! Anybody who now ventures out on the highway knows that has changed for the worse. The bar has apparently been lowered considerably and almost anybody can and does operate those potential heavy duty killing machines. I don't mean to make a blanket condemnation here, there are still very competent and professional truck drivers out there but a sizable minority shouldn't be anywhere near moving equipment. We are all just seconds and car lengths away from ending up like these two innocent deceased every time we venture out on 99 or 5 or 80. My condolences to the deceased's friends and family. R.I.P. the victims.
Anon

Fresno, CA

#12 Mar 30, 2013
RiverRaft wrote:
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What happened?
I am not allowed to say anything more as the incident is still under investigation. I just wanted to correct the story. Every article said he choked on food, when he didn't. I'm planning on talking to this "Officer Parker" guy, the man who is telling people he choked on food, soon.
Anon

Fresno, CA

#13 Mar 30, 2013
Bubba wrote:
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Oh so he's lying huh? Well that's exactly what he said happened! He said he "briefly lost consciousness after choking on food". Actually I don't buy that story either! BRIEFLY passed out??? I'm sure he was tested for drugs and alcohol and hope there is a black box or something to show how fast and responsibly he was driving. Was he babbling on the phone or texting or had he been behind the wheel way too many hours (a violation of the law)? I suspect there is much more to the story than that flimsy excuse he gave.
According to the Bee the driver of the big rig Mr. John Manuszak, 45 of Fresno "has been arrested more than a half dozen times on various charges including burglary, car theft and domestic violence. Additionally he was on probation and had his driver's license revoked in 2006". Sounds like a model of responsibility away from and behind the wheel huh?
There was a time when truck drivers were model drivers, skillful and courteous and known as "Knights of the Road"! Anybody who now ventures out on the highway knows that has changed for the worse. The bar has apparently been lowered considerably and almost anybody can and does operate those potential heavy duty killing machines. I don't mean to make a blanket condemnation here, there are still very competent and professional truck drivers out there but a sizable minority shouldn't be anywhere near moving equipment. We are all just seconds and car lengths away from ending up like these two innocent deceased every time we venture out on 99 or 5 or 80. My condolences to the deceased's friends and family. R.I.P. the victims.
No, that is not correct. Yes, he has made mistakes in his previous years, but that does not mean that he intentionally killed two people and injured three.

Believe what you will, but just know that you are very, very wrong.
Bubba

Elk Grove, CA

#14 Mar 30, 2013
Anon wrote:
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I am not allowed to say anything more as the incident is still under investigation. I just wanted to correct the story. Every article said he choked on food, when he didn't. I'm planning on talking to this "Officer Parker" guy, the man who is telling people he choked on food, soon.
Well I don't think it would have been reported that way if he didn't say it! You're apparently a friend or family and trying to defend this buy so I don't give much credence to your obviously biased second hand views. He (the big rig driver) told you differently? Why should we believe that now? Like I said before I expect more incriminating evidence about this guy's culpability to come forward. Only time will tell of course,
Bubba

Elk Grove, CA

#15 Mar 30, 2013
Anon wrote:
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No, that is not correct. Yes, he has made mistakes in his previous years, but that does not mean that he intentionally killed two people and injured three.
Believe what you will, but just know that you are very, very wrong.
I didn't say anything about INTENTIONALLY killing anybody and really don't believe that was the case. There can still be a degree of culpability in causing a person's death through irresponsible or reckless driving or behavior. Happens every day! I still think there is more to come on this story and quite probably additional charges coming forward. We'll see! Your bias is showing though!
Anon

Fresno, CA

#16 Mar 30, 2013
Bubba wrote:
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Well I don't think it would have been reported that way if he didn't say it! You're apparently a friend or family and trying to defend this buy so I don't give much credence to your obviously biased second hand views. He (the big rig driver) told you differently? Why should we believe that now? Like I said before I expect more incriminating evidence about this guy's culpability to come forward. Only time will tell of course,
Like I said, believe what you will (:

Since: Nov 12

Elk Grove, CA

#17 Mar 30, 2013
Anon wrote:
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I am not allowed to say anything more as the incident is still under investigation. I just wanted to correct the story. Every article said he choked on food, when he didn't. I'm planning on talking to this "Officer Parker" guy, the man who is telling people he choked on food, soon.
He was sleeping?
RiverRaft

Orange, CA

#18 Mar 30, 2013
RiccardoFire wrote:
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He was sleeping?
... found one article that states he blacked out from a bad cough... so Anon most likely does not dispute loss of consciousness, but disputes choking. Well whatever happened, it is extremely tragic for all parties involved. Many of us want to make sure that drivers of large vehicles and law enforcement are doing everything possible to keep the roads safe.
Anon

Fresno, CA

#19 Mar 30, 2013
RiccardoFire wrote:
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He was sleeping?
No, he did not fall asleep at the wheel.

Since: Nov 12

Elk Grove, CA

#20 Mar 30, 2013
Anon wrote:
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No, he did not fall asleep at the wheel.
Must be the last option, something to do with the phone?

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