Tahoma Man Arrested as Suspect in Fatal DUI Collision that Took Life of Construction Worker

Carnelian Bay, CA…On Monday, September 26, 2022, at approximately 10:44 pm, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Truckee Area officers received a call of a traffic collision on SR-28 at Sahara Rd. involving a vehicle and pedestrian.

The preliminary investigation shows a male resident from Tahoma, CA was driving a black 2021 Subaru Forester westbound on SR-28 from Agate Rd. The driver of the black Subaru Forester entered an active construction zone which was under one way traffic control. As the driver of the black Subaru approached the intersection of SR-28 at Sahara Dr., he failed to observe a traffic control worker in the roadway, instructing traffic to move from the westbound lane to the eastbound lane. Due to his level of intoxication, the driver of the black Subaru was unable to slow or avoid the highway worker standing in the roadway. The front of the black Subaru collided with the worker propelling the worker in a westerly direction on SR-28.

The black Subaru continued westbound colliding with a dump truck and an excavator that were working at the job site. Due to the nature of the collision, the highway worker succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene. CHP Truckee units, with the assistance of the Placer County Sheriff’s department are handling the investigation. The driver of the black Subaru was subsequently arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and was booked at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Station in Truckee.

This traffic collision is still under investigation. If you have any information regarding this traffic collision, please contact Officer P. Mann at CHP Truckee (530) 563-9200.