Collision deemed "avoidable" |

Collision deemed "avoidable"

Christina Proctor

An accident involving an El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputy was ruled “preventable,” by an internal review board, officials said this week.

“It is considered a personnel matter, and therefore confidential. So in keeping with government code all I can say is that appropriate administrative action was taken,” said Lt. Fred Kollar.

Deputy Robert Boynton was off work for almost five weeks due to injuries from the Aug. 9 wreck on U.S. Highway 50. According to the South Lake Tahoe Police, Boynton was driving south out of the Baker Automotive parking lot onto the highway, when he turned on his emergency lights and attempted to make a U-turn toward the South “Y” Shopping Center. The patrol car collided with a pickup driven by a 19-year-old Bayfield, Colo. woman. Neither the woman, nor any of her three passengers were seriously injured in the crash. Police investigators placed the majority of fault with Deputy Boynton, stating he made an unsafe U-turn.

At the time, Kollar explained that the incident would go before an internal accident review board that would also consider any other accidents involving Boynton.

“It was deemed by the department that the accident was preventable,” Kollar said.

According to El Dorado County Counsel’s office, the driver of the pickup, Jodi Sanchez, has not filed any claim for damages with the county.

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