Debris that seriously injured a motorist on Interstate 80 in Placer County Sunday appears to be a large bracket from a mud flap, possibly from a large truck, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Kurt Reisinger, 54, Colfax, was injured Sunday morning when he was struck by the metal debris that went through the windshield of his truck.
According to the California Highway Patrol, about 8:43 a.m., Reisinger was driving a white 2003 Ford F-250 westbound on I-80 in the No. 2 lane west of Weimar Cross Road. For reasons yet to be determined, his vehicle drifted to the left, striking the right side of a 2003 Cadillac Escalade that was westbound in the No. 1 lane. Reisinger's vehicle continued to the left and into the center divide area, where it came to a stop.
The driver of the Escalade, 45-year-old Androo Allen of Reno, stopped and checked on Reisinger. Finding Reisinger unconscious, Allen called for medical aid.
CHP officers and medical personnel arrived and discovered that a large piece of metal debris had traveled through the windshield of Reisinger's vehicle and struck him in the head. The CHP reported that Reisinger suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.
Investigators have not determined whether Reisinger was struck by the debris before or after the collision, according to the CHP.
Anyone who observed this vehicle debris on I-80 Sunday morning, or who has information as to where it might have come from, is asked to call the Auburn Area CHP office at (916) 663-3344.