Man killed in minivan accident against large rig identified | News

A Stockton resident died May 19 when the van he was driving hit a large stationary rig on Highway 99 in Galt, authorities said. The collision happened around noon, just south of Simmerhorn Road.

In a news release, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that they received a call around 11:50 a.m. from a van driver traveling northbound in the far left lane at over 90 mph.

Witnesses reported that the van then rolled onto the shoulder for a few hundred feet and crashed into the back of a large truck parked there. CHP and Cosumnes Fire Department both responded to the collision.

A fire truck and an ambulance from Station 45 in Galt were among the first responders, and they arrived on the scene in about four minutes, Dan Quiggle, the fire department’s public information officer, told the Herald.

The driver of the van was found dead in the accident.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified the driver of the van as Richard Jooha Lim, 42, of Stockton. The CHP statement said Lim was from Elk Grove.

Mark Leavitt, a CHP public information officer, told the Herald that his agency’s information most likely came from Lim’s driver’s license.

“The Sacramento coroner will have the most up-to-date information, so if they say Stockton, that must be his most up-to-date address,” Leavitt concluded.

The driver of the big rig, a 50-year-old man from Arlington, Texas, reportedly pulled over due to a medical emergency, and Quiggle with firefighters said he was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The lane between the A Street freeway entrance and the Simmerhorn exit was closed for about three hours while crews cleared and investigated the scene. A heavy tow truck, fitted with a crane-like arm, was brought in to lift the rear of the large platform and free the wreckage of the van.

Traffic slowed for a few miles south, slowing all the way to Collierville.


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