Man Dies After Trying to Drive From Passenger’s Seat

Victim, 89, Suffered Broken Arm and Hip in Sunday Accident

An 89-year-old Carpinteria died early this morning, May 24, after succumbing to injuries he received in a bizarre car accident over the weekend.

According to California Highway Patrol spokesperson Jeremy Wayland, Alden Fogliadini was driving his pickup truck along the driveway of his Gobernador Canyon Road home at around 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning when he parked and switched to the passenger’s side.

After putting on his seatbelt, said Wayland, Fogliadini shifted his vehicle into gear “for unknown reasons” and began rolling down the driveway. He was able to steer around some of the smaller turns, but soon lost control and and hit a nearby tree.

Fogliadini was seriously hurt in the accident, suffering a broken left arm and right hip. He was transported to Cottage Hospital by ambulance. The CHP is investigating the accident, but it doesn’t appear drugs or alcohol were factors, said Wayland.

In an interview, Wayland said Fogliadini’s license was recently taken away and that he’d tried similar stunts before, driving from the passenger’s side on his own or trying to take the wheel when someone else was driving. Unable to disclose any specific medical information, Wayland said simply that Fogliadini had been “confused a lot” recently.


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