Drunken driver allegedly caused San Juan Ridge injury crash
November 20, 2012
A Santa Cruz man was driving drunk when he crashed his pickup truck Saturday night on the San Juan Ridge, according to a report by the California Highway Patrol.
Benedeck Giattino, 27, was driving westbound on Tyler Foote Crossing Road, west of Oak Tree Road, at about 10:40 p.m. at a high rate of speed, according to the CHP report.
As he tried to negotiate a sweeping left curve, he went off the right edge of the road, lost control and swerved to the left across the road.
The pickup then overturned multiple times and landed on its roof.
Giattino remained trapped in the pickup and was severely injured, the CHP report said.
His passenger, Jordan Simpson, 23, of Nevada City, was able to climb out of the truck.
Simpson sustained a facial injury and lacerations to his right arm and hand.
Witnesses came upon the scene and called 911 and provided help to the two men. North San Juan Firefighters responded to the scene and were able to extricate Giattino, who was flown by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Simpson was treated at the scene and said he would seek private medical attention.
Giattino was determined to have been driving under the influence of alcohol, the CHP report said.
He was arrested and released to the hospital, where he was listed in fair condition.