A Colfax man sustained major head injuries Sunday when a piece of vehicle debris struck and entered through the front windshield of his vehicle.
At approximately 8:43 a.m., Androo Allen, 45, of Reno, was driving his burgundy 2003 Cadillac Escalade westbound on Interstate 80, west of Weimar Cross Road in the No. 1 traffic lane, according to a California Highway Patrol press release.
Kurt Reisinger, 54, of Colfax, was driving his white 2003 Ford F-250 to the right of the Escalade in the No. 2 traffic lane.
For reasons still under investigation, Reisinger allowed his vehicle to drift to the left, causing the left side of his truck to strike the right side of the Escalade. Immediately after this collision, Reisinger continued to the left and into the center divide area, where he came to a stop.
Allen stopped his vehicle and upon checking on Reisinger and found him unconscious, the CHP report said. Allen immediately called for medical aid.
When CHP and emergency medical personnel arrived on scene, it was discovered that a large piece of metal debris had traveled through the windshield of the Ford F-250 and struck Reisinger in the head, causing major head injuries. He was later airlifted by Calstar and flown to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. He was reported to be in critical condition Monday afternoon.
The vehicle debris appeared to be a large bracket from a mud flap, possibly from a large truck.
If anyone observed this vehicle debris on I-80 Sunday morning or has information as to where this debris may have come from, contact the Auburn Area CHP at 916-663-3344.