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Victim of rock toss released from hospital

CHP continues to search for suspects
By: Gloria Beverage
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The Sacramento resident critically injured by a rock tossed from the Canyon Way overpass on Interstate 80 has been released from the hospital. Jose Palomera, 48, returned to his Sacramento home on Friday. The church pastor was seriously injured early Monday morning when a large rock thrown from the overpass struck his vehicle’s windshield. The small boulder smashed into Palomera’s face crushing his jaw and fracturing several bones in his cheek, reported his 17-year-old daughter, Sarai. He was transported to Sutter Roseville Trauma Center where he underwent surgery to put a metal plate in his jaw, which has been temporarily wired shut. Sarai Palomera said her father “is doing OK. He’s feeling good, hopeful.” She said get well cards can be mailed to him at 4455 49th Street, Sacramento, CA 95820. Palomera has been pastor of First Free Church in Sacramento for 22 years. He is also employed with the railroad contractor Renzenberger and was driving railroad employees from one job to another when the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. Monday. California Highway Patrol officers are continuing their search for the group of four or five individuals, who threw the rocks into the path of westbound and eastbound vehicles. CHP Gold Run Commander Lt. John Arrabit said the agency has received several leads from residents this week. “California Highway Patrol investigators, with the assistance of the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, have interviewed multiple suspects and witnesses,” Arrabit said. He acknowledges the support of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in collecting and processing evidence. “Within the next few weeks the CHP anticipates completing the investigation and forwarding it to the District Attorney,” he continued. 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. Anyonymous 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.