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I’m just upset that it seems like no other consideration was taken in checking other possible factors before California Highway Patrol publicly offered that information suggesting the drugs or alcohol being a suspected factor before even checking out whether or not his truck showed any signs of mechanical failure in a critical area.
I am worried it might be overlooked or might not be investigated at all unless there is some indication they should CHP investigators take a closer look at a particular mechanical issue with the truck.
If it’s possible for them to inspect the power steering, if it’s not demolished, it will likely provide some more insight into the cause.
Brandon contacted someone and told them he was a bit shaken due to his truck exhibiting abnormal behavior that caused his steering wheel to suddenly pull hard to the left. He had pulled over and realized that he was rapidly losing fluid from its reservoir tank. He used the rest of a bottle of power steering fluid and used it to get back on the road.
He was experienced with towing and has done it plenty.
I know he was cautious through this particular stretch of the road because we have, in the past, experienced several scary situations involving other vehicles losing control and fishtailing almost hitting our vehicle. This is something we have discussed on multiple occasions and I know he was aware that the area between the bridge and the lane extension was hazardous due to the slick road there in the rain, more so than the majority of Highway 20
I believe that the rain and his rear tires not yet being replaced (he was planning to get new ones today), the weight of his load, and his vehicle behaving oddly due to the power steering failure were significant factors in the collision. It’s important investigators look into whether or not this is maybe what caused him to lose control and cross over the center median. He probably decided to try and just make it home. He was on his way to the Potter Valley exit. He was so close.
Considering the experience he had described just a few hours before the accident, and the circumstances of the crash sounding an awful lot like the ones Brandon described to his friend, I feel like it should be brought to CHP investigators attention so that they may be able to evaluate the possibility further.
In response to the people already talking down on him and upsetting our child, I’d be glad to suggest this possible theory as to what might have taken place.
I’m not convinced that their observations or speculation is correct until I know the extent of the evaluation being done on inspecting his truck.
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