|Too close for comfort
||[Sep. 29th, 2004|12:44 pm]
After watching so many wrong-way freeway chases on "World's Wildest Police Videos", I got a little too close to one of my own. I was driving home from Palo Alto last night and saw this truck's headlights coming towards me, just one lane over. The driver he killed must have been only a few cars behind me, because I could hear the impact. I didn't see much else, though I could tell it was really bad. After calling to report what I'd seen (I am probably the "citizen" referred to below), I continued on home and counted my blessings.|
A Brisbane man allegedly driving the wrong way on U.S. Highway 101 in Millbrae Tuesday night was arrested after his truck was involved in a head-on collision that killed a 27-year-old San Francisco resident, the California Highway Patrol reports today.
Robert Paul Nebel, 42 was driving a 2000 green Ford Ranger southbound on the northbound lanes of Highway 101 near Millbrae Avenue around 11:18 p.m. when a citizen called 911 to report the incident, according to the CHP.
A CHP unit started a traffic break using its lights and sirens near Third Avenue to slow traffic and stop Nebel. As the CHP officer made visual contact with Nebel near Anza Boulevard, he did not yield and drove the truck past the CHP unit in the center median, the CHP reported.
The CHP officer then drove to the next exit in an attempt to get back in position and stop Nebel.
Nebel's truck was then involved in a head-on collision with a Saturn SL1 and the force of the collision caused fatal injuries to its driver, identified by the San Mateo County Coroner's Office as Nathan Cistone of San Francisco, the CHP reported.
A green Ford F-250 driven by Ivhen Kim, 30, of South San Francisco, was also involved in this collision and his 32-year-old male passenger suffered minor injuries.
The CHP reports that Nebel's wrong-way driving also allegedly caused other collisions.
Nebel was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with minor injuries and was medically evaluated by hospital staff and released, the CHP reported.
He was then booked into San Mateo County Jail on vehicular manslaughter charges.
The CHP reported that preliminary indications are that no drugs or alcohol were involved in the collision.
Anyone with information on the fatal collision is asked to call California Highway Patrol at (650) 369-6261.