The victim of a suspected drunken driver who sparked a series of crashes Friday on northbound Interstate 5 has been identified as Mohammad Rouf, 55, of Elk Grove.
Rouf was killed early Friday after what the California Highway Patrol said was an early morning series of crashes started by Timothy O’Neal Bolton, 44, of Sacramento.
Bolton, who is named in 19 Sacramento Superior Court cases dating back to 1989 – including cases charging driving under the influence and riding a bicycle under the influence – was arrested Friday and charged with driving under the influence causing injury and death. He remains in Sacramento County jail in lieu of $1.13 million bail and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
The CHP said officers were called to the 43rd Avenue on-ramp to northbound I-5 about 4:15 a.m. Friday. They found Bolton had lost control of his vehicle, crashed into a wall and knocked over a light pole.
Bolton got out of his car and began walking in traffic lanes, the CHP said, forcing cars entering the ramp to dodge him, his crashed car and the light pole.
Rouf was northbound on I-5 in a Toyota Tacoma when it collided with a Dodge Ram truck that was attempting to avoid the initial crash scene, the CHP said. Rouf’s vehicle struck a median wall and became disabled in the left lane, and two other vehicles crashed into it.