The automobile flew roughly 330 ft throughout the river, beautiful native police. Because the silver Mercedes descended, it took the tops off timber after which crashed and rolled into an upright place, witnesses mentioned.
“In my 20 years, I’ve by no means seen a automobile journey near that distance,” California Freeway Patrol (CHP) spokesman Mike Salas instructed Fresno’s KFSN-TV. He added that it traveled “roughly 337 ft.”
David Callahan, 58, was killed on impression, the outlet mentioned. He was the one particular person within the automobile.
Earlier than the deadly crash, Callahan was reportedly being pursued by Fresno police round 8:30 a.m., failing to tug over after they observed his swerving automobile — which just about struck a patrol automobile, the outlet mentioned. CHP mentioned an incident at his residence might have prompted his agitated psychological state.
“They have been capable of finding that some points have been happening on the home which will have contributed to him leaving erratically from his residence,” Salas told the station.
Final July, Fresno police have been known as to his household’s residence after Callahan’s spouse mentioned he was utilizing medicine and pushed her, in line with the outlet.
A witness close to the incident mentioned Callahan made a U-turn earlier than sending his automobile airborne.
“Like at 100 miles per hour, he cleared the entire rattling river,” Bryan Zollars instructed Fresno’s KSEE-TV.
Buddies of the sufferer instructed KFSN they have been “confused as to why he did what he did,” including that Callahan was a beneficiant particular person.
“What might have been going by means of his thoughts to drive this quick?” CHP Officer Matt Zulim requested, in line with the outlet. “And to do what he did in his car today. … He jumped the San Joaquin River. It’s an absolute tragedy. You never want to see someone die — especially in this fashion.”
An investigation by the CHP is ongoing.