Q: In October 1984, a young man by the name of Patterson, a Casa Roble High School student and an employee of Wendy’s Hamburgers at the corner of Greenback and Madison in Folsom, was chased in his car at high speed by two intoxicated men after leaving his evening shift at Wendy’s. At the corner of Greenback and Hazel, he ran a red light while attempting to evade the men and struck a truck that was crossing the intersection, killing Patterson. What ever became of the two men?
A: David Lee Pinegar, one of two men accused of chasing 18-year-old Wendy’s clerk Matthew David Patterson to his death, pleaded guilty to a charge of felony hit and run.
Three other criminal counts, including manslaughter with gross negligence, were dismissed by the judge. Pinegar was sentenced in July 1985 to 16 months in state prison.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Patterson, a senior at Casa Roble High School in Orangevale, had just finished his shift at Wendy’s on Greenback Lane in the early morning hours of Oct. 4, 1984, when two men drove up to the restaurant’s pick-up window and threatened to “kick his butt”.
Wendy’s employees told the California Highway Patrol that the two men appeared to be intoxicated
Patterson attempted to get away from the men by fleeing the restaurant parking lot in his parents’ car. He he went through a red light at Hazel Avenue and hit a gravel truck, pinning him in the wreckage. He died about two hours later at UC Davis Medical Center.
Pinegar, then 38, and his passenger, John Edward Meyers, 24, were arrested after they returned to the crash scene and were identified by Wendy’s employees as the men who allegedly harassed Patterson.
Although he was arrested, there are no reports of Meyers being convicted or sentenced in the case.
Pinegar’s attorney contended that Patterson and Pinegar were racing when Patterson hit the truck broadside while traveling about 80 mph.
Authorities said Pinegar had a 0.17 percent blood-alcohol level when he was arrested.