The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department said the man suspected in Thursday’s fiery fatal crash on I-580 walked out the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin a free man Friday after posting bail.
A spokesman for the department said 53-year-old Livermore resident Primitno Garcia posted a $125,000 bail.
The fatal crash occurred Thursday morning when a Hummer driven by Garcia struck a Jeep Cherokee from behind on I-580 in Livermore.
Officers said Garcia failed a sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter and felony drunk driving.
Killed in the crash on 580 in Livermore was 29-year-old Reed Whittaker.
Whittaker was on his way to work at Highland Hospital where he was an emergency room technician. A nursing supervisor told KTVU Whittaker was dedicated to his job, and will be missed. She wasn’t the only one to say that.
“Reed was always an incredibly caring, compassionate and devoted human being,” said Royal Ambulance owner Eve Grau.
Grau said Whittaker once worked for two and half years as an EMT and field training officer.
“He was all about helping others he was about helping his community helping those who needed the help the most.”
Reed Whittaker’s parents live in the Bay Area. His mother, through a family friend, declined speak with KTVU about the loss of her son.