Sacto 9-1-1
July 22, 2013
Newcastle man ferrying Boy Scouts dies in head-on collision

By Kurt Chirbas

A Boy Scouts leader killed in a five-car pile-up on Highway 20 Sunday morning was identified as Robert Wayne Garrison, 55, of New Castle, the Mendocino County Sheriff/Corner's Office reported Monday morning.

Garrison was driving five Boy Scout members, including his son and four other Placer County youths, in a Honda Odyssey when his van was struck head-on by a Ford truck and then from the side by a Dodge truck.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

All five passengers in Honda Odyssey were hospitalized. Two of the passengers --the driver's son, Sean Garrison, 15, of New Castle, and Mason Shields, 17, of New Castle -- are in critical condition from injuries sustained in the collision, according to the CHP.

The other Boy Scouts in the van were Anthony Marlatte, 18, of Auburn; Grant Bowell, 17, of Auburn; and Ayden Danovaro, 12, of Auburn.

At about 11:00 a.m. Sunday, Eugene E. Galletti, 73, of Redwood Valley, was driving his Ford F-250 eastbound on Highway 20 near Potter Valley. Galetti then hit an a nearly-stopped Toyota Sequoia ahead of him.

The driver of the Toyota Sequoia--Joan D. Schmidt, 67, of Potter Valley, had stopped for Randal K. Johnson, 51, of Ukiah, who had his signals activated and was preparing to make a left turn onto a private driveway.

Upon striking the Toyota Sequoia, Galleti's truck was thrown into the westbound lane. The vehicle was struck the Honda Odyssey, which was carrying the Boy Scouts and going at approximately 55 miles per hour.

Both the truck and the van spun out. The Honda Odyssey was then struck by a Dodge truck, which was being driven by Andrew L. Rivas, 22, of Lincoln.

Galleti and Schmidt have been hospitalized with minor injuries.

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