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El Cerrito crash victim has leg amputated

Motorcycle rider was headed to tax preparer
El Cerrito crash victim has leg amputated
Posted at 3:35 PM, Apr 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-22 13:18:35-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Loved ones are in search of answers after a motorcycle rider was seriously injured by another motorist in El Cerrito.

On April 13, Deason. 45, of La Mesa, was headed to his tax preparer on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was in the left lane, headed south on 58th Street near Trojan Avenue, when an oncoming, white car swerved in front of him.

“It's upsetting. Upsets the whole family,” said John Chandler. Deason is the boyfriend of John Chandler's daughter.

Deason, struck on his left side, managed to lay his bike down. Chandler says as the car drove off, a stunned Deason took stock of his grisly injury.

“A portion of the foot was either severed or hanging. So when he observed that, he went into a state of panic or shock, and doesn’t remember much else about the incident,” said Chandler.

Deason's foot was reattached, but complications forced doctors on Wednesday morning to amputate his left leg at the calf.

“It been very emotional for Dustin, a lot of uncertainty for the future,” said Chandler.

Deason, who worked in construction, is now facing a long recovery. Police say the driver of the white car did stop and is cooperating. The investigation into cause of the crash is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call San Diego Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help with Deason’s medical and other expenses.