ROSEVILLE – A man fleeing police on suspicion of reckless driving struck three other vehicles and a pedestrian, who died at the scene.
At 8:04 pm, Tuesday evening, Roseville police were called to a report of a pickup truck following another car too closely, squealing its tires, and driving recklessly. The caller reported that the driver of the truck had stopped at a recycling area on Washington Blvd. near the Placer County Fairgrounds. According to the Roseville Police, the officers responding to the location attempted to speak with the driver, who then gunned his engine began to drive away. One of the officers moved his patrol car into the path of the truck to prevent it from leaving, but the driver drove into the police car, pushing it out of the way, and proceeded onto Southbound Washington Blvd.
The officers then followed him in their patrol cars, and came upon a collision at the corner of Washington and Main Street. According to police, the driver of the truck, later identified as 50-year-old Oleg Tarasuk of Roseville, had collided with three vehicles at the intersection. 26-year-old Gregory Louis Delacampa of Roseville was also struck while walking, and died at the scene of the accident. Tarasuk and one of the other drivers in the collision were taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
After treatment, Tarasuk was released into police custody and charged on suspicion of DUI causing death or injury and gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of alcohol. He was booked into the Placer County Jail on $275,000 bail.
The intersection of Washington and Main remained closed until 7:15 this morning while investigators from Roseville’s Major accident Investigation Team completed their examination of the scene.