Road Rage: Isabelle Salgado’s Attorney says “Her first concern was with the boy”

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By CityFella,

A water bottle struck her car

Isabelle Marie Salgado was 17 Sunday, when the  Mercedes SUV she was driving hit a 13 year old in the  3000 block of Yellowstone Lane  in the  Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento.      In the SUV was her 8 year old sister.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and jacked up the car to free the boy. He was taken to UC Davis Medical Center with some bruising and visible tire marks, authorities said.   He’s really lucky to be alive, especially since his bike was well behind her car, “It could have been a lot worse if that tree hadn’t saved him.”

The broken axle saved the boy’s life.     Instead of being pinned under a wheel, the boy was trapped under the engine and between the two front wheels.

Photo: Sac Bee

Witnesses Say’s

Witnesses told authorities, the 13-year-old and his 7-year-old brother were riding their bicycles northbound on Yellowstone Lane when the older boy threw a water bottle at a passing a Mercedes SUV.   Isabelle then made a U-turn and drove toward the boy.

The 13-year-old boy then rode his bike onto a  front lawn and yelled, “stop, stop, stop.” Witnesses said they heard the SUV accelerate and run over the boy’s bike. The driver then hit a tree, breaking the SUV’s front axle.

They overheard Salgado on her cell phone telling someone she had tried to hit the boy.

Witnesses claim the boy was yelling for her to stop after she started chasing him.

There were  five witness statements from neighbors, who said they were shocked by the incident.    

Numerous witnesses and CHP investigators also describe Salgado as having a lack of remorse immediately after the incident.

“When we booked her she seemed very ambivalent, and when we told her were she was being booked on assault with a deadly weapon charges she was rather blasé,” “It was rather disturbing actually

Photo: Fox 40 News

Her  Attorney Todd Lerus Say’s

 “There’s been an effort to smear her and try this case in the press “

A few days ago……    He said, the boys were mischief-minded, and that the collision was an accident. He said Salgado exhibited compassion and that the prosecution has been in a rush to judgment. If the boys’ behavior had led Salgado to crash.      

“This is a classic example of young boys being out unsupervised throwing things at cars,” said Leras, who added that he had no evidence the boys threw multiple items. “They (prosecutors) are basing a lot of decisions … on very little information.”

Her first concern was with the boy.

Yesterday, he said “There’s been an effort to smear her and try this case in the press,”

She wasn’t chasing them out of road rage, but to find out who was throwing something at her vehicle.

“In an effort to find out who they were and where they were going, she did go after where they fled,” Leras explained.   Witnesses claim the boy was yelling for her to stop after she started chasing him. Leras said that’s wrong.   “That’s incorrect,” Leras added. “It was Isabelle yelling stop because he had thrown the bottle unprovoked at the car.”

She is very concerned about how the boy is doing. “After the accident, she was holding the hand of the young boy and comforted him,” 

Isabelle Marie Salgado turned 18 on Wednesday

Yesterday, Sacramento  County District Attorney announced she will be tried as an adult on one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

The hearing is set for June 19th.



Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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