DMV employee injured in crash during driving test

December 3, 2009 11:42:49 AM PST
A Department of Motor Vehicles employee suffered major injuries when the car he was riding in was struck by an unlicensed driver during a driving test in Petaluma on Wednesday, police said.

Roberto Mascardo, 63, of Sausalito, remained hospitalized this morning, Sgt. Ken Savano said. His condition was not available.

Maria Adela Morales-Monterosa, 57, of Richmond, was taking her driving test in a 1995 Toyota Camry at about 10:10 a.m. when she made a left turn from southbound Sonoma Parkway onto eastbound Rainer Avenue, Savano said.

The Camry was broadsided by a northbound 1992 Ford Explorer driven by Raymundo Alvarez Sanchez, 41, of Santa Rosa, Savano said.

The sport utility vehicle hit the passenger side of the Camry where Mascardo was seated, Savano said. Morales-Monterosa and Sanchez were not injured.

Sanchez was driving without a license but had insurance, Savano said. His Ford Explorer was impounded and he will be charged with driving without a license, Savano said.

The accident is under investigation and police are asking witnesses to call Officer Matt Thomas at (707) 778-4335.