A 37-year-old man who was involved in a rollover collision in Richmond on Saturday is facing DUI charges after more than 20 empty beer cans apparently flew from his car due to the impact of the crash, police said.
Officers responded to the crash scene on Castro Street just north of Hensley Street about 5:20 p.m. and met with witnesses who said they assisted the driver following the collision, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. The witnesses said the driver had been speeding and lost control at a sharp curve in the roadway that is known for accidents resulting from high speeds, Abetkov said.
The vehicle struck a K-rail barrier and flipped over several times before landing on the driver’s side door. With help from witnesses, the man climbed out of the passenger-side door and was transported to Kaiser-Richmond. His injuries were not life threatening, Abetkov said.
The man appeared intoxicated after the crash, Abetkov added. Police said more than 20 beer cans were “strewn about” among the crash site debris, and believe the impact probably ejected them from the vehicle.
The K-rail that the driver smashed into exists due to past accidents at that location, Abetkov said.
“That curve we’ve had multiple fatality accidents, and that’s why we put that there,” she said.