freedom boulevard crash utility pole
Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

A tow truck operator from Auto Care Towing prepares to haul a Honda Accord away after the driver crashed through a utility pole (left) on the 2100 block of Freedom Boulevard Tuesday morning. Watsonville Police traffic officer Corey Johnston said a male driver of the Honda sideswiped an SUV as he was merging from Buena Vista Drive to southbound Freedom Boulevard around 7:45am. After the collision the Honda veered to the right and sheered the utility pole off at the base. The Honda driver then took off on foot while the SUV driver remained on the scene. No injuries were reported. The Honda driver was not located.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


  1. WPD, go get the driver of the honda. if you were at or near the scene, SNITCH to the WPD.

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    • Wow, thank goodness Steve is here to direct the Watsonville PD. They would never have thought about finding and arresting the driver of the Honda had he not made that observation.

      And again, he uses the derogatory word ‘snitch’, all caps of course. Hey due to the WPD in all caps, along with his propensity to put snitch in all caps, his reply actually had correct punctuation!!! Miracles never cease.

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