Crash

Emergency crews use a specialized tow truck on May 19 to lift the rear of a big rig that was rear-ended by a minivan. The minivan driver died in the crash, and the Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified him as Richard Jooha Lim of Stockton.

A Stockton resident died May 19 when the minivan he was driving rear-ended a stationary big rig on Highway 99 in Galt, authorities reported. The collision happened near midday, just south of Simmerhorn Road.

In a press release, California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that it received a call at about 11:50 a.m. of a minivan driver traveling northbound in the leftmost lane at more than 90 mph.

Witnesses reported that the minivan later drove onto the shoulder for a few hundred feet and crashed into the back of a big rig that was parked there. CHP and Cosumnes Fire Department both responded to the collision.

A fire engine and ambulance from Galt’s Station 45 were among the first responders, and they reached the scene in about four minutes, Dan Quiggle, the fire department public information officer, told the Herald.

The minivan driver was found to have died in the crash.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified the minivan driver as 42-year-old Richard Jooha Lim, residing in Stockton. The CHP release said Lim was from Elk Grove.

Mark Leavitt, a CHP public information officer, told the Herald that his agency’s information most likely came from Lim’s driver’s license.

“Sacramento Coroner will have the most up to date information so if they say Stockton then that must be his most recent address,” Leavitt concluded.

The driver of the big rig, a 50-year-old from Arlington, Texas, had reportedly pulled over due to a medical emergency, and Quiggle with the fire department said he was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The lane between the A Street freeway entrance and the Simmerhorn exit was closed for roughly three hours as crews cleared and investigated the scene. A heavy wrecker tow truck, outfitted with a cranelike arm, was brought in to lift the rear of the big rig and free the wreckage of the minivan.

Traffic backed up for a few miles to the south, slowing as far as Collierville.