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‘Godspeed, Joe.’ Father of four killed as he changed a tire

A GoFundMe page for the man who as killed while changing a tire on eastbound Interstate 80 in Roseville by a suspected DUI driver more than doubled its original fundraising goal Thursday, a day after the crash. The man was identified as Olivehurst resident Joseph Bresnyan, 40, a father of four young children.
A GoFundMe page for the man who as killed while changing a tire on eastbound Interstate 80 in Roseville by a suspected DUI driver more than doubled its original fundraising goal Thursday, a day after the crash. The man was identified as Olivehurst resident Joseph Bresnyan, 40, a father of four young children. GoFundMe.com

The man killed by a suspected DUI driver as he changed a tire on Interstate 80 in Roseville Wednesday was a father of four from Olivehurst who raced dwarf cars at the Marysville Raceway Park.

A post on the park’s Facebook page showed a picture of Joseph Bresnyan, 40, inside one of the small cars, which are replicas of old-time vehicles.

“We are saddened to hear of the passing of one of our dwarf car drivers,” a post on the page said. “Godspeed Joe.”

A memorial fund for Bresnyan surpassed its goal Thursday afternoon, with donors showing an outpouring of support. Bresnyan died when he was struck by a vehicle that drifted onto the shoulder of I-80.

His grandmother, Betty Bresnyan, said Joseph worked at the family’s trucking business and had four young children, the youngest about 18 months old.

“It’s very heartbreaking,” she said. “You’re heartbroken and you’re angry.”

The deadly crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. between Riverside Avenue and Douglas Boulevard, said Officer David Martinez, California Highway Patrol spokesman.

Martinez said Bresnyan was on the side of the freeway changing a tire on the left side of his Dodge Durango when the driver of a 2012 black Honda Accord, Brandon R. Rotolo, 24, of Vacaville allowed his vehicle to drift onto the shoulder. The car hit the Durango and Bresnyan, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A GoFundMe page in Bresnyan’s name was started hours after the crash and featured a photograph of him, his wife and four children – three boys and a girl. By Thursday afternoon, more than 130 donors had raised more than $7,300, more than double the page’s original goal.

Rotolo, the driver of the Honda, was booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence of drugs.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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