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Old 11-15-2021, 02:30 PM
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Agreed!!!
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Old 11-15-2021, 05:01 PM
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I live about 45 minutes from the scene. Boat was 38K pounds rolling down Spooner from Lake Tahoe. It is a beautiful scenic drive that is enjoyed by many but is fairly twisty with a pretty serious grade. Very easy to burn up the brakes on the tow vehicle and trailer if you don't know what you are doing like using an F-350 to tow a 38K pound boat! This guy did so many things wrong that it should be used as a "what not to do" lesson for anyone towing.

There is talk that the boat owner may have some responsibility to but hard to say. If they hired this guy knowing how under qualified and under trucked (is that a word?) he was they may be in trouble. Lawyers will be looking at everyone involved and thinking, "big boat and Lake Tahoe, owner must have some coin".
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Old 11-17-2021, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Wildman_grafix View Post
Gonzalez-Otazo is being held at the Carson City jail on more than 20 charges including:
  • Felony reckless driving
  • No valid driver's license
  • Unsafe vehicle
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Failure to obey traffic light
  • Fail to obey traffic device
  • No record of duty status
  • Motor carrier permit required
  • No medical certificate
  • Operating a CMV without a CDL
  • Driver must be able to understand traffic signals
  • No fuel tax permit
  • IRO apportioned tag/reg violation
  • No USDOT/carrier name displayed
  • Inoperative/defective Brakes
  • Inspection repair and maintenance (2 counts)
  • Wheel fasteners loose and missing (2 counts)
  • Required brakes missing on trailer
  • Loose or unfastened tiedown
  • Damaged vehicle structures and pressure points
  • Driver must be able to understand traffic signals Hmmmmmm that explains it
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Old 11-17-2021, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by PROP STAR View Post
  • Driver must be able to understand traffic signals Hmmmmmm that explains it

looks like they are throwing the drivers handbook at him.....
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Old 11-17-2021, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by BajaFresh View Post
I live about 45 minutes from the scene. Boat was 38K pounds rolling down Spooner from Lake Tahoe. It is a beautiful scenic drive that is enjoyed by many but is fairly twisty with a pretty serious grade. Very easy to burn up the brakes on the tow vehicle and trailer if you don't know what you are doing like using an F-350 to tow a 38K pound boat! This guy did so many things wrong that it should be used as a "what not to do" lesson for anyone towing.

There is talk that the boat owner may have some responsibility to but hard to say. If they hired this guy knowing how under qualified and under trucked (is that a word?) he was they may be in trouble. Lawyers will be looking at everyone involved and thinking, "big boat and Lake Tahoe, owner must have some coin".
38K on an F350? Major negligence.
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Old 11-18-2021, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by cheech View Post
38K on an F350? Major negligence.
Random thought....

Why does MAJOR negligence seem higher than GENERAL negligence.....

Everybody knows Generals out rank Majors.....

Yes its 7am when Im posting this and I have NOT had my coffee yet..
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Old 11-19-2021, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by phragle View Post
Random thought....

Why does MAJOR negligence seem higher than GENERAL negligence.....

Everybody knows Generals out rank Majors.....

Yes its 7am when Im posting this and I have NOT had my coffee yet..
Private negligence is when nobody sees you
Private negligence 1st class when your wife sees you and won't let you forget it.
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Old 11-19-2021, 01:10 PM
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Sad roads are bad wild driving texting scary for all who drive!
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Old 11-22-2021, 08:00 PM
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So sad. I agree with other poster about wondering if he was hotshotting. If 38k that’s way out of 26k rules. But the question is, did he have anything at all given the descriptions of charges? I was in trucking for years, started driving ended up regional manager. It’s either legal or not. You may do it 1 time and be lucky but it catches up to you. I’ve seen so many people needlessly killed.

so sad, people killed, families grieving, lives ruined, all because “somebody” didn’t do it right. He’s toast and rightfully so. The best guys that had tragic unavoidable crashes were destroyed by it. The worst guys who had avoidable crashes like this weren’t troubled at all. Hard to defend yourself from that. All I can say, I wish people gave trucks more room. Boats are common here and tow rigs don’t leave space or an out. Surrounding cars bunch up and crowd them. If something happens, nowhere for people to go.
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Old 11-22-2021, 09:13 PM
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a bit of info Riva is an italian high end boat like ferrari its very heavy often has man diesels sometimes 2 speed trannys and powered canvas top that folds away with the touch of a button the best part is they often have the ferrari tweet horn very cool boat often used as a tender on mega yachts
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