Readers’ Corner: March 12, 2010 |

Readers’ Corner: March 12, 2010

Looking for witnesses

Terri Ruggiero’s son is lucky to be alive, and she’s grateful he’ll recover, but she also is asking for help from anyone who may have seen the hit-and-run accident that left her 22-year-old Matthew with broken bones.

Matt was walking well inside the shoulder of Highway 20/49 on the southbound side before the Broad Street bridge, trying to hitch a ride, at about 6 a.m. Feb. 24 when a Jeep or SUV hit him from behind. He remembers the lights coming up on him, hearing a big, loud noise, and remembers coming to in a puddle of water, he told his mom, who lives off Highway 174.

He was able to walk to the Sacramento Street exit and crossed over that bridge to the Chevron station on the other side, where he called for help, Terri says.

“It was a miracle” that Matt wasn’t killed, Terri says. He broke two bones in his left forearm, spent two days in the hospital, finally got surgery a week later – and missed out on the warehouse job he could have landed because he was sitting in the emergency room.

Mom knows her boy shouldn’t have been walking on the highway, and wishes he had called her for a ride. But what Terri needs now is for anyone who saw that terrible event to call her at (916) 521-5890.

Matt is going to need therapy to rehabilitate his arm, and he’ll need help with the expenses. Please help if you can – he’s a young man with his whole life in front of him.

Check your credit card bills

Donna Strecker lives in the Grass Valley area, and came in with this cautionary tale:

Her credit card bill arrived with some odd charges: Amounts well below $100 from online companies based in Europe.

So Donna called and got the charges canceled. But soon, someone had used her credit card number again to buy an expensive computer and other pricey items.

Then, Donna started getting calls from people who had received cashier’s checks made out to them and coming from “Donna Strecker,” with her address and phone number, in an envelope postmarked in Oregon. Perhaps the identity thieves were hoping people would cash the checks and they’d get their bank information?

“It’s just so random!” Donna says.

She’s a lady with her wits about her: Donna canceled her account numbers, filed a report with the Sheriff’s Office and plans to follow up by sending information to the California Attorney General’s Office. But identity thieves are hard to catch.

“I worry about old people who don’t pay attention to the details” of their credit card bills, Donna says.

So if you know of people who might need help being vigilant, please do so. Donna will thank you for it.

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