Owner of Big Rig in Deadly I-80 Crash Remaining Silent

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A semi truck catches fire along I-80 in Davis after a crash that killed two people.
Courtesy: Bill Payne

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FOX40 has traced the ownership of a big rig involved in a deadly collision Thursday on I-80 in Davis.

Mendoza Distributing offered no comment when approached by a reporter with the Fox affiliate in Fresno. The small company is based out of a home, and its owner did not return multiple calls by FOX40.

The driver of the big rig has not been identified. He continues to recover at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Two people were killed in the crash after the driver of the truck reportedly began choking on a sandwich he was eating and passed out.

Raley’s released a statement Thursday making it clear the grocery store chain was not involved in the crash. The truck was once owned by Raley’s but was later sold. An old logo was revealed in the charred remains of the truck.

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4 comments

  • Anon

    The driver did not choke on food, stop saying that. He had previously eaten, and after a few minutes he began having a coughing fit, like an asthma attack. He

  • Anon

    He had an asthma attack while driving and lost conciousness. When he came round a few seconds later, the truck was already over the railing. He tried to swerve, but he was still coughing and couldn’t catch his breath. The accident was not caused by a truck driver scarfing down a sandwich, it was caused by a man having an asthma attack. It was not intentional. And even if he were eating while driving, nobody should be saying anything. You can’t tell me that you’ve never eaten while behind the wheel. Don’t be hypocritical.

  • passingtrucker

    You don't choke on food, pass out, then regain consciousness and the food in your throat is gone. This happened at 10:30am, his trailer was empty, so a logical explanation is he drove all night to meet a 6am delivery deadline, he left the receiver at 10am to pickup another load, then fell asleep behind the wheel. He's liable for 2 counts of vehicular manslaughter; hope he gets at least 5 years in the state pen and not eligible for parole. This will send a message to all truckers; PULL OVER AND SLEEP when driver fatigue sets in !!