It has not been a good month for vehicles utilized by San Diego Gas and Electric. On the evening of October 1st, a driver ran a red light in Oceanside and crashed into one of their trucks. All three people involved in the accident had to be taken to the hospital for injuries.
Then, just over a week later, a local cab ran into the back of a San Diego Gas and Electric utility truck. According to an eyewitness, the cab driver was driving too fast at around 3:00 p.m. when he ran his vehicle into the utility truck while going through the intersection of Fairmount and Home avenues. Other information indicates the driver only ran into the utility truck after taking a sharp turn into the right lane.
The cabbie, who was declared dead at the scene, has since been identified by police as Abebe Ainekulu. Reports have stated he is survived by a wife and two children. He was a deacon at the local Saint Gabriel Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. Ainekulu was also an independent contractor who owned his own taxi.
When responders arrived at the scene, they found the cab severely damaged with the driver pinned inside. Fortunately, there were no other injured parties.
Mark White, who was driving the utility truck was, fortunately, left uninjured. Immediately after the accident, he left his vehicle to help Ainekulu. With the steering wheel pinning the man in his vehicle, White called 911 and held the man’s hand.
Both parties involved in this accident should contact attorneys as soon as possible. Ainekulu’s family could need representation in case he is found accountable for damages done to the truck. Though White has been reported as leaving the accident injury-free, if that were to change, he would want an attorney seeking damages on his behalf.