Delivery truck driver blames parking brakes for crash

Posted at 10:52 PM, Jul 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-18 02:20:55-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A delivery truck smashed through a concrete barrier, just feet from hitting an Emerald Hills home on Monday.

“We’re down to our last piece to unload, and we felt the truck move, I jumped out of the truck,” Javier Contreras said. Contreras is one of the delivery men, contracted with Jerome’s Furniture.

The delivery truck was parked on Lenox Drive, a street on a hill.  Contreras says they were delivering furniture at a neighboring home when he thinks the truck’s parking brake gave out, and gravity did the rest.

“We put the handbrake on, and it jumped the handbrake,” he said, “We just finished maintenance on the whole truck, that’s what we don’t understand.

He says he turned the truck's tires towards the curb and put a brick under the tires like he was supposed to.

Adriana Carrero lives in the house. She wasn’t home but says her mother was and saw the whole thing.

“My mother had just been working outside, went inside thankfully, and she just kind of saw 'this beast' coming at her,” she said.

Carrero says they added the concrete barrier to their home about 15 years ago. It was more for privacy

“It’s never come in that handy, let me tell you,” Carrero says, “the house is intact, my mom is alive, and so that’s why I’m smiling.”