Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

No seatbelt proves fatal

By
From page A1 | October 25, 2013 | 13 Comments

A man died after his truck went down an embankment on Oct. 18 and he was ejected from the vehicle.

Rodney Anderson, 66, of Placerville, was driving his red Dodge Ram pickup truck at an unsafe speed westbound on Highway 50 near Greenstone Road when he lost control, according to the CHP.

The truck went across the center divider into eastbound lanes before traveling off the highway. It went down a steep embankment and hit the hillside. Anderson, who CHP believe was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the truck, sustaining fatal injuries.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 13 comments

  • Samantha DicksonOctober 25, 2013 - 9:49 am

    It is a known fact that Rod Anderson was a truck driver by profession and that he was always seat belted and not one that drove at excessive speeds. The fact that an autopsy has been done and the family is waiting on the results for closure to his death I feel it was wrong of the paper to sensationalize his death as a excessive speed / no seat belt death without all the facts.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Lori AnderlyOctober 25, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    Heartless article about an upstanding man. This article is an act of irresponsible journalism. This has left his wife, children and grandchildren even more heartbroken as he will now be remembered as an erratic driving, law-breaking citizen. DO MORE RESEARCH before you publish such articles!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • SHOctober 25, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    I agree, very tacky. I wasn't acquainted with this gentleman but I feel for his family, having to read an article like this.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 1036-FrankOctober 25, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    This was copied from a CHP report obviously, should the paper have censored the report, or reported it for a possible warning to other drivers who might do likewise? Shouldn't the real story be the lucky drivers who weren't taken out because of the incident? I say report the truth, at all times, the reality, although sad, is what it is.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Huh?October 25, 2013 - 7:47 pm

    Yup, report the truth, at all times, the reality, although sad, is what it is @ http://tinyurl.com/k3cvhop

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Chris ReadyOctober 26, 2013 - 6:05 am

    Rod was a professional driver who always kept the law and safety his first priority. I had the HONOR of working with him daily for 5 years. I understand the emotional connection I have for this story but this article is written with a callous and uniformed manner that is unacceptable. To report the news accurately should be your first priority, not just regurgitating CHP reports. How dare you people give up compassion for a deadline. It is my understanding that Rod suffered a major heart attack causing this tragedy. This publication should be ashamed of the pain it has added to by reporting and printing with reckless abandon. I feel so sorry for Rod's family, the last thing they should have to deal with right now is this nonsense.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Aleris HartOctober 26, 2013 - 7:16 am

    As a college professor for over twenty five years, I have a responsibility to my students, colleagues and the community at large to research and speak the truth. The reporters and editor of a newspaper have an even more sacred obligation to inform their readers of the truth. Rod Anderson was a commercial truck driver who had no accidents in over forty years of driving. He was an intelligent, kind and generous community member of El Dorado County for thirty years. If you had taken the time to investigate his accident you would have learned that the coroner believes Rod had a heart event that caused him to pass out, losing control of his vehicle because he was unconscious. I believe that the editor of the Mountain Democrat should apologize to Rod's family and print a retraction with the correct facts on the front page of the newspaper.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynOctober 26, 2013 - 7:28 am

    Chris Ready and Aleris Hart: Thank you, both.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Donna RuhlOctober 26, 2013 - 8:10 am

    I am so sorry for your loss.I was just able to find this artical today.Several attempts prior.I am a truck driver as well.I came apon the accident on the way to Sierra Rock.The tire marks looked to me like a front blowout,and that gutter in the middle mush of knocked him unconscious.My question is,Why wasn't there any guardrail in that area? Again,My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who knew him.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Oh BrotherOctober 26, 2013 - 8:29 am

    1036-Frank give your posts a rest...you will always defend your law enforcement buddies and your opinions will always be one sided with no room for any other consideration of a situation...you must be or have been a crappy cop. You make the CHP out to be heartless. My son was involved 20 years ago in a major car accident and the Mt. Democrat put a picture of him being resuscitated on the front page...it was a heartbreaking picture for we, the family, but obviously for the Mt. Democrat just front page news. Some things in this little county don't change and won't...1036-Frank for example..he thinks we should all move away.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Oh BrotherOctober 26, 2013 - 8:33 am

    And true journalism would require getting up off their butts and getting out and talking to PEOPLE...not just sitting and reading reports or copy and paste...and giving a hoot about the members of our community. My condolences to the family and kudos to Chris and Aleris for bringing the truth about this matter.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 1036-FrankOctober 26, 2013 - 4:46 pm

    If he suffered a heart attack, which is possible, this will be reported and could explain the incident, until then the paper used the CHP report which would be from witnesses who were there as the best available source of information at the time. The facts are the facts whatever they are as witnessed, the actual cause of the crash if it is health related, the coroner will have to report these facts at a later time.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Peggy BowmanOctober 28, 2013 - 9:54 pm

    I had the pleasure of knowing Rod Anderson. He was a very kind man and a professional. After reading this article I am just plain sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Anderson family.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

News

 
Goodbye LUPPU, hello LRPU

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1, 3 Comments

Past due state taxes bring arrest

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 8 Comments

 
Sanford trial: Prosecution, defense rest

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Woman, dog back from Oso

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1, 8 Comments | Gallery

 
 
DA candidate to remain on ballot

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A9

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Benji and the Bickersons

By Matthew Margolis | From Page: A10

 
CPCSD seat unfilled

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

Lew Uhler backs Ranalli

By News Release | From Page: A14, 6 Comments

 
.

Letters

Evacuation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 6 Comments

 
District 4 candidate

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 12 Comments

Open meetings

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 5 Comments

 
Volunteers and homeless camps

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 25 Comments

Bicycle events and traffic control

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 5 Comments

 
.

Sports

Jennings wins national title

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A11, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Savannah Stephens can swing the bat

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A11 | Gallery

King of the West roars into Placerville

By Gary Thomas | From Page: A11

 
First and goal: Bunt etiquette

By Mike Bush | From Page: A11

Oak Ridge suffers tough 2-1 setback

By Mike Bush | From Page: A11

 
Roundup: April 17, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

.

Prospecting

Plantastic sale this Saturday

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Spring art brightens government center

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Things to do: April 18, 2014

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

 
Time out: A grand time at Grand China

By Earle Camembert | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Temple Kol Shalom hosts Passover Seder

By News Release | From Page: B3

 
Student art featured for Third Saturday

By News Release | From Page: B3

Promenade in high style

By Historic Old Sacramento | From Page: B4

 
Sac State Presents ‘Gypsy’

By California State Unversity, Sacramento | From Page: B4

Friday nights are engaging at the de Young

By Fine Arts | From Page: B5

 
Hats On For the Kids raises money for children

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B6

See what is inside the vault

By Center For Sacramento History | From Page: B6

 
Eggstravaganza

By Fairytale Town | From Page: B6

Gallery tips a hat to Dr. Seuss

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B7

 
Museum presents ‘Diesel Days’

By California State Railroad Museum | From Page: B7

Engagement: Adam Frega and Wednesday Bienusa

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

 
Duty: Air Force Airman Brian Polk

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

Cal Stage presents a season of challenging productions

By California Stage | From Page: B8

 
Duty: Army Pfc. Kyle W. Beasy

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

KVIE calls for artists

By Kvie | From Page: B9

 
A Couple of Blaguards tell tales

By Harris Center for the Arts | From Page: B9

America’s ClayFest II celebrates a rich history

By Blue Line Arts | From Page: B14

 
Fine Arts Museums feature two shows

By Fine Arts | From Page: B15

See wildflowers on train ride

By Railtown | From Page: B15

 
Easter at Northstar is family friendly

By Northstar California | From Page: B15

.

Essentials

Crime Log: March 28-30

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Roy Cluness Chaix

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Frederick Wilbur Heymann

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Arthur W. Cornell

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Frank “Bud” Kraus Jr.

By Contributor | From Page: A2

.

Real Estate

Faster sales with spring staging

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

 
Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

Press Release | From Page: HS7

Handsome Redmond suits modern families

Press Release | From Page: HS11

 
Growing your own

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

 
Fraud workshop scheduled

Press Release | From Page: HS21

HCD launches assistance program

Press Release | From Page: HS22, 1 Comment

 
EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

By News Release | From Page: HS22, 2 Comments

.

Comics

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Horoscope, Friday, April 18, 2104

By Contributor | From Page: A14

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A14

 
Horoscope, Sunday, April 20, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A14

Horoscope, Saturday, April 19, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A14

 
.

Home Source

Faster sales with spring staging

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

Press Release | From Page: HS7

Handsome Redmond suits modern families

Press Release | From Page: HS11

Growing your own

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

Fraud workshop scheduled

Press Release | From Page: HS21

HCD launches assistance program

Press Release | From Page: HS22, 1 Comment

EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

By News Release | From Page: HS22, 2 Comments