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News - January 30, 2009

Pickup runs amok, rams into man on California

Victim in serious condition after horrific crash through fence; driver remains free

by Daniel DeBolt

A mysterious car crash last Thursday afternoon left a 19-year-old Mountain View resident in serious condition, after a truck smashed through two apartment complex properties and hit him as he unloaded groceries from his car.

The victim, 19-year-old Man Lai Leung, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital, police said. He was still in the intensive care unit the next morning, but is expected to recover.

Police said the unnamed driver of the eastbound 1970s Chevy pickup truck is a 53-year-old man who was apparently not intoxicated or deranged. At around 2:42 p.m., he veered off California Street near Rengstorff Avenue, jumped the curb and cut across the lawn of an apartment complex at 1821 California St. before smashing through the wooden fence of the neighboring complex at 1825 California. Four parked cars were damaged before the 4,000-pound truck finally came to rest in a parking lot.

Leung was unloading groceries from his Honda Accord when he was struck and pinned against his car as it was pushed several yards. He had family or friends nearby who came to his aid, according to police officers who were on the scene.

On Thursday evening, shocked neighbors continued to stand around the scene of the incident. A day later police had yet to find a reason to arrest the driver of the truck, because tests showed he was not under the influence of alcohol, nor did he appear to be under the influence of drugs, which blood tests will confirm in a few weeks.

"We have to have a reason to arrest him," said police spokesperson Liz Wylie. "Maybe he had a medical issue — a blackout or heart problem. It is still being investigated."

E-mail Daniel DeBolt at ddebolt@mv-voice.com


Posted by Jeff, a resident of North Whisman
on Feb 12, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Wait... so I can drive my car over a curb onto someone's property, through their fence, hit a number of cars and nearly kill someone but as long as I am not drunk or deranged I can't be arrested??? What am I missing here?

Posted by Randall Flagg, a resident of North Whisman
on Feb 12, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Neither arrested nor identified... interesting. Must be some member of a protected class.

Posted by suspicious, a resident of Monta Loma
on Feb 15, 2009 at 9:23 pm

The police can break into people's homes and arrest them for having a loud party, but can't arrest someone for creating major havoc and sending a man to the hospital in critical condition?

Fresno is now investigating its PD, and it's way past time for MV to undergo a similar process. The corruption runs deep.