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City Truck Driver Charged in Accident

September 04, 1998|JEFF LEEDS

Prosecutors have charged a Los Angeles city truck driver with vehicular manslaughter for his role in a March 5 accident on the Hollywood Freeway.

Louis C. Gysin, 52, an employee of the city Bureau of Street Services, faces one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. His arraignment is set for Sept. 18.

Gysin was driving a yellow cherry-picker truck back to the shop after a day of storm-related work in the San Fernando Valley, when he suddenly careened across several lanes of traffic. The vehicle was launched over the center divider.

It struck a county van driven by Roger Randall, a county communications repairman, before landing on a Chevrolet Cavalier. Randall was killed.

California Highway Patrol investigators concluded fatigue from a long workday was one reason Gysin veered across the freeway. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to one year in jail, authorities said.

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