Monday Jul 26 2010
Rock toss investigation continues
By: Gloria Beverage
Motorist injured after boulder shatters windshield
California Highway Patrol officers are still searching for the individuals who threw large rocks off the Canyon Way/Placer Hills Road overpass early Monday morning. Apparently a group of four or five individuals were seen throwing rocks at vehicles traveling westbound and eastbound around 2:30 a.m. Sacramento resident Jose Palomera was seriously injured when one of the rocks shattered his vehicle’s windshield and struck him in the face. According to CHP Gold Run Commander Lt. John Arrabit, Palomera was in intensive care on Tuesday following Monday’s surgery at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. City councilman Ken Delfino believes Monday morning’s crime “gives Colfax a black eye.” If these individuals are juveniles as he suspects, Delfino said, they “demean the good that is being done by a majority of our youth. One example is the students who have taken the initiative to produce their own show, which is opening this weekend.” But if they’re adults, Delfino continued, “they should have to deal with the consequences that the jury and court decides,” he said. Arrabit said Wednesday that the agency has received several leads from residents. “California Highway Patrol investigators, with the assistance of the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, have interviewed multiple suspects and witnesses,” Arrabit said. The Sheriff’s Office has been instrumental in collecting and processing evidence, he said. “Within the next few weeks the CHP anticipates completing the investigation and forwarding it to the District Attorney,” Arrabit said. The suspects are facing felony charges, including assault with a deadly weapon. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the CHP Gold Run Area Office at (530) 389-2205. Anonymous tips can be made by calling CrimeStoppers at (800) 923-8191. A $500 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for this crime.