12.18.05 EMT Killed In Traffic Accident
(AP) An off-duty emergency medical
technician from Berkeley was killed early Sunday morning
in Albany after stopping to assist a driver involved in
a solo-spinout on Interstate Highway 80, the California
Highway Patrol reports.
At 2:50 a.m. Cassady Toles, 29, of San Pablo, lost
control of his 1999 BMW M3 while traveling eastbound on
the highway near the Gilman Street exit, the CHP
The BMW skidded off the highway and collided with a
concrete bridge railing on the right hand shoulder of
the freeway, according to the CHP.
EMT Scott Lofgren, 43, came across the BMW and stopped
to help, the CHP reported.
The CHP reported that Lofgren, after checking on the
health of Toles, was setting up flairs around the crash
site when he was struck by another vehicle.
The driver of that vehicle, 28-year-old Union City
resident Danny Jackson Jr., reportedly attempted to slow
his car down, but the wet weather caused his 1994
Infiniti Q45 to hydroplane and subsequently hit Lofgren,
the CHP reported.
Jackson's car careened off the highway, also hitting the
BMW and Lofgren’s Ford truck, the CHP reported.
Lofgren was pronounced dead at around 3:40 a.m. as a
result of his injuries, the CHP reported.
Toles reportedly suffered minor injuries, according to
Though it was determined Jackson had been drinking
alcohol, the CHP reported that he was not under the
influence at the time of the crash.