Friday Jun 27 2008
Wrong-way driver causes multiple collisions on Interstate 80
By: Jenna Nielsen, Journal Staff Writer
California Highway Patrol officials are investigating multiple collisions caused by a wrong-way driver on westbound Interstate 80 in Weimar Thursday night. At approximately 9:20 p.m., Charles Briganti, 65, of Meadow Vista, was driving a 2003 Toyota Camry and for unknown reasons, entered the freeway on the wrong side, CHP officials said. While traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 near Applegate Road, Jerry Lit-mon, 56, of Sparks, Nev. and Travis Fly, 24, of Vacaville, took evasive action and swerved out of the pathway of the wrong-way driver, sideswiping one another, according to CHP reports. Neither parties had injuries. Briganti reportedly continued driving the wrong way eastbound in the westbound lanes and near Weimar Cross Road, Willard Clark Jr., 80, of Sun Valley, and Heather McGargill, 33, of Rocklin, swerved as Briganti collided with the center divide wall. Neither Clark nor McGargill sustained inju-ries, however, their vehicles received moderate to major damage, CHP officials said. Briganti sustained major injuries including a broken neck. He was transported to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital and later taken to Sutter Roseville Hospital for medical treatment. The collision is still under investigation. The Journal's Jenna Nielsen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.