Arraignment today for man accused of causing fatality on San Vicente Road

Friday, Sept. 6—A 19-year-old Lakeside man accused of causing a head-on crash in Ramona that left a 74-year-old Ramona man dead is scheduled to be arraigned at the El Cajon courthouse today.

Garrett Michael Sparks was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence shortly after the accident on San Vicente Road south of Warnock Drive about 7:40 p.m. Aug. 29, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Sparks told authorities he took his eyes off the road for at least 10 seconds while he was reaching for items that had fallen on his truck’s floorboard from its passenger’s seat, the CHP reported.

His 2007 Ford Ranger drifted into oncoming traffic at about 50 mph and stuck a 2000 Ford Ranger driven by Kenneth Frederick Crane of Ramona.

Crane was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office. Sparks was not injured.

Investigators determined alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

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1 Comment for “Arraignment today for man accused of causing fatality on San Vicente Road”

  1. Herve Auch-Roy

    I hope that the sentence will set an example for all other such inept and arrogant drivers on San Vicente Road.
    And I want it widely published around town, so those who believe that they will get away with speeding and taking their eyes off the road, know what kind of game they play in, and what awaits them around the corner.
    We're all sick and tired of reading obituaries. The next crash will once again stir much anger, especially now that the decision is made (although disapproved by many like myself) and that the construction is being delayed by only a couple of homeowners along the way.
    Let's get this done and move on, folks. If the new road still doesn't fix the issue, we'll work all together on another solution that does.

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