An Antioch man who was paralyzed in a road rage hit-and-run crash in Oakland last week by a driver who was later shot by a CHP officer is beginning the long road to recovery, according to statements from his family and friends.
Richard “Dick” Fletcher, 47, was riding his motorcycle on state Highway 24 in Oakland last Friday afternoon when a driver cut him off, according to a web page set up by his friends and family, richfletcherrecovery.com.
In an apparent fit of road rage, the driver allegedly rammed into Fletcher’s motorcycle, causing a fiery crash that left Fletcher with a severed spinal cord, several broken ribs and vertebrae and road rash, according to a statement.
He is paralyzed from just above the waist, according to the statement.
The alleged driver, identified as 32-year-old David Alcairo of Concord, was located by a CHP officer near the Wilder Road off-ramp on Highway 24 in Orinda about 20 minutes later, according to Contra Costa Sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee.
At some point while contacting the suspect, Alcairo allegedly approached the officer in an aggressive manner and refused to comply with orders, Lee said.
The officer opened fire, injuring Alcairo.
The suspect was hospitalized and treated for the gunshot wounds.
He was released from the hospital and booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin today, Lee said.
Alcairo has been charged with attempted murder and other felonies in connection with the crash, according to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
The officer-involved shooting is being jointly investigated by the Contra Costa sheriff’s office, the CHP and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.
Meanwhile, family and friends of the victim say he is beginning a long road to recovery in the hospital.
According to a statement on the family’s website, Fletcher was the sole provider for his wife and three children, the youngest of whom is a sophomore in high school.
Family and friends are asking people to donate to a fund established to help cover costs for the victim and his family.
Donations can be made via PayPal by clicking on the “Donate” link at www.richfletcherrecovery.com
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