The Sacramento man accused of setting in motion a fatal pre-dawn pileup on Interstate 5 that killed an Elk Grove motorist and injured two others last week made his first court appearance Tuesday.
Timothy O’Neal Bolton was arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court before Judge Jaime Román on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence causing injury or death. Bolton, 44, remains held at Sacramento County jail in lieu of $1.13 million bail. He returns June 18 to Sacramento Superior Court.
Prosecutors allege Bolton, 44, was driving under the influence on Interstate 5 at the 43rd Avenue onramp early Friday when he lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle struck a wall, spun out, then knocked over a light pole. California Highway Patrol investigators said Bolton walked out onto the roadway and drivers had to swerve to avoid him and the wreckage.
The driver of a Toyota Tacoma pickup, later identified as Mohammad Rouf, 55, of Elk Grove, collided with another pickup when he tried to avoid the wreck. The collision pushed Rouf’s truck into a median wall, then onto the freeway’s left lane, where it was struck by two other vehicles. Rouf died at the scene.