A Boy Scouts leader killed in a five-car pileup over the weekend on Highway 20 was identified by Mendocino County officials on Monday as Bob Garrison, 55, of Newcastle.
On Sunday 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, and Mason Shields, 17, both of Newcastle are in critical condition from injuries sustained in the collision, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The other Boy Scouts in the van were Anthony Marlatte, 18, of Auburn; Grant Bowell, 17, of Auburn; and Ayden Danovaro, 12, of Auburn.
The van was heading down to Camp Wente, a Boy Scouts campground located near Willits in Mendocino County, for an annual Troop 13 trip.
"It's a trip that he looks forward to every year," said Mark Murphy, supervisor of the Maidu Museum and Historic Site in Roseville and a colleague of Garrison's.
Garrison was a prominent environmentalist and educator in the area, serving as supervisor of the conservation-minded Roseville Utility Center since its inception. Colleagues at the city of Roseville spoke of Garrison as a tireless worker and a great communicator, who was able to present information about the environment in a way anyone could understand.
"He was an inspiration, an inspiration for me, and I know an inspiration for others," Murphy said. "And to oversee that center from the ground up to what it is today, that is an inspiration."
Before taking responsibility for the launch of Roseville Utility Center in 2006, Garrison served as the state coordinator for interpretative services and aquatic education at the California Department of Fish and Game. He also established a consulting business called Nature Touring Planning in 2000.
The crash occurred about 11 a.m. Sunday, when Eugene E. Galletti, 73, of Redwood Valley was driving his Ford F-250 eastbound on Highway 20 near Potter Valley.
Galletti hit a Toyota Sequoia that had nearly stopped ahead of him.
The driver of the Sequoia, Joan D. Schmidt, 67, of Potter Valley stopped for Randal K. Johnson, 51, of Ukiah, who had the turn signals of his car activated and was preparing to make a left turn onto a private driveway.
Upon striking the Toyota Sequoia, Galletti's truck was thrown into the westbound lane and 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 Odyssey was then struck by a Dodge truck, which was being driven by Andrew L. Rivas, 22, of Lincoln.
Galletti and Schmidt have been hospitalized with minor injuries.
Troop 13 hosted a grievance counseling session for Scouts, their friends and their family Monday night at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital.
Call The Bee's Kurt Chirbas, (916) 321-1030.