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Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:53 am, Wed Mar 30, 2011.

A 77-year-old man died 18 days after he was in a head-on collision on a hazardous portion of Highway 12 at Tower Park Marina, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Thomas Rosten, an engineer for about 10 local reclamation districts in the Delta, including one in the Tower Park area, died on March 21 at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

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6 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:23 pm on Fri, Apr 1, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    If anyone here is STUPID ENOUGH to violate my right of way and turn in front of me while I am traveling at 55-mph., your next of kin will weep at your closed-casket funeral.

    Jesse...you better hope your above situation never happens. Your attitude and public statement here if presented to a jury would help to convicting you at minimum of
    manslaughter...you must have suffered in life to hold such a cold hearted position.

     
  • Account Deleted posted at 5:25 pm on Fri, Apr 1, 2011.

    Jesse Hallum Posts: 57

    Darrell: pulling a left-hander directly in front of a 14-foot high tractor is not a "bad driving decision." It is STUPIDTY, PLAIN AND SIMPLE, and Mr. Rosten got exactly what he had coming to him.

    I turn my wheel for NO ONE. If anyone here is STUPID ENOUGH to violate my right of way and turn in front of me while I am traveling at 55-mph., your next of kin will weep at your closed-casket funeral.

    Every commercial driver out there feels exactly the same way as I do, I can assure you. Every commercial trucking company owner feels exactly the same way as I do.

    My attitude is pretty straightforward here: I will cheerfully walk away from something like this, and go home to my family at the end of the day. Stupid people who turn into the path of a huge truck will not. It is what it is.

    So, for those of you out there who regularly travel the roads with commercial rigs, I would suggest that you not turn in front of a 40-ton truck bearing down on you at 55-mph. This isn't rocket science; most toddlers can figure this one out.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:46 pm on Fri, Apr 1, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Jesse Hallum posted at 8:30 pm...Thomas Rosten got what was coming to him. Anyone stupid enough to pull a left-hander in front of a 40-ton commercial rig will not survive.

    A 77 year old man made a bad driving decision or maybe was distracted by something that resulted in his death... you think he got what was coming to him? If you were my employee and I knew you had that that kind of attitude while you were behind the wheel of my truck, I would be very concerned about your mind set. Jesse, what company do you work for?

     
  • John Randall posted at 9:02 am on Fri, Apr 1, 2011.

    John Randall Posts: 21

    I agree with Jesse on most of his comment, and I greatly appreciate his respect for speed limits and professional courtesy in his profession.
    However, I do disagree on 2 points:
    a) "big rigs" do not drive too fast on Hwy 12" SOME do. And so do SOME cars.
    b) "There is nothing physically wrong with Hwy 12." If it was being used as it
    was back in the 1940s and 1950s, I'd agree. But that is NOT the case today.
    Nowadays, its being used as if it is a freeway- full expressway speeds, heavy
    traffic in both directions, non-stop big-rigs. Yet it is undivided, 2 lane only, has
    no overpasses, on / off ramps, no or narrow shoulders, narrow lanes, fissures,
    sinks, unregulated cross traffic. These challenges are exacerbated by occasional
    or frequent high cross winds, dust clouds, and tule fog. These do not make
    for safe driving. Certainly not the peace of mind one gets on, say, Highway 5.
    On Highway 12...its pretty much white knuckles. One twitch and you're dead.
    Highway 12 is all grown up now- its time to make it a divided 4 lane freeway.
    Perhaps truckers should be charged a toll to use it to pay for its renovation.
    After all, its use by truckers as a short-cut alternative is documented by the
    statistics. Either that, or restrict the big rigs from using it until it is brought up
    to current standards.


     
  • Account Deleted posted at 8:30 pm on Thu, Mar 31, 2011.

    Jesse Hallum Posts: 57

    I disagree with Ramona Rosten: "big rigs" do not drive too fast on Hwy 12.

    I drive a "big rig" on Hwy 12 at 55 mph every day of my life, and you should see the UNBELIEVABLE STUPIDITY that some Class C drivers display, including left-hand turns directly in front of Commercial Vehicles that put everyone's life on the line.

    Thomas Rosten got what was coming to him. Anyone stupid enough to pull a left-hander in front of a 40-ton commercial rig will not survive.

    There is nothing physically wrong with Hwy 12. The problem is STUPID CLASS C DRIVERS who get a kick out of ignoring traffic laws and the rights of others. I have seen stupid people passing 20-30 cars and "big rigs" at a time with little regard to the lives of others. I have seen STUPID PEOPLE trying to pass me (while I'm travelling 55 mph, thank you very much!) and they end up either nearly running into my trailer, or running oncoming traffic off the road. Astounding stupidity from the Class C Masses, every day, 365-days a year, 24/7.

    And I'm sick of listening to people blaming "Speeding Big Rigs" for this nonsense.

    And Im sick of impatient, stupid Class C drivers who cannot obey traffic laws.

    As John Stossel would say, "Give me a break!"

    Kindly direct the blame for this tragedy where it belongs: with the idiot who pulled a left-hander in front of a Commericlal Vehicle. Stop demonizing Professional Drivers for the stupidity of others. You would be surprised how much unbridled STUPIDITY we witness every day on California roads. Very surprised.

     
  • John Randall posted at 9:52 am on Wed, Mar 30, 2011.

    John Randall Posts: 21

    Clearly, this was "operator error". Mr. Rosten turned left directly into an oncoming big rig. Should have waited, ya think? I have been an avid campaigner for many years to improve Highway 12 between Highway 5 and Suisun City. Its a skinny, run-down, potholed, fissured, obsolete farm road that was appropriate for many decades ago,but is COMPLETELY out of step with the demands placed on it today: A major truck route and transportation throughway connecting the Central Valley with
    the Vacaville area.....saving a LONG and CONGESTED run up and around Sacramento. It really needs to be upgraded to current safety standards to support that mission safely....a divided highway with exits, ramps, and so forth. When????

     
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