A truck driver who crashed into an Oxnard commuter train had a spotty driving
record in his native Arizona.
According to the Los Angeles Times, 54-year-old Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez
was cited for an unspecified traffic violation in Yuma in 2004, and he
also received a ticket for failure to obey a traffic control device in
2007. Mr. Sanchez-Ramirez was also convicted of DUI and a few related
charges in 1998, but these incidents are well over ten years old. Mr.
Sanchez-Ramirez crashed his produce truck into a Metrolink train as it
crossed Rice Avenue. Authorities apprehended him about a mile from the
crash scene, and charged him with felony hit-and-run. Authorities speculate that drugs
or alcohol may have been involved.
This is the second serious collision at the Rice Avenue crossing in the
The federal government tracks seven Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement
Categories for commercial drivers in Fresno and elsewhere. Too many violations
can take a driver off the road either directly, through license suspension,
or indirectly, by increasing insurance premiums to the point that they
There are a number of
red flags that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration uses to set a driver's
BASIC score. All 12 pertain to driver fitness, alcohol or controlled substance
use and proper vehicle maintenance.
The FMCSA often uses the charged offense as opposed to the adjudicated
offense. So, if you fail a maintenance inspection, remedy the problem
and the judge dismisses the citation, it may still appear on your record.
An attorney regularly practicing in Lamont and Shafter can help make sure
that your BASIC score is