Alleged road rage crash leaves motorcyclist battling to recover |

Posted: 8:08 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

Alleged road rage crash leaves motorcyclist battling to recover

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Richard Fletcher road rage victim Staff
Richard Fletcher road rage victim


OAKLAND, Calif. —

A motorcyclist who was allegedly run down by a Concord man in a road rage incident was slowly recovering from his severe injuries Wednesday morning.

Richard Fletcher, a 47-year-old Antioch resident, was riding home from work on eastbound on Highway 24 around 3:40 p.m. Friday when he was allegedly deliberately struck by 32-year-old David Alcairo of Concord, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Sam Morgan.

The incident has left Fletcher with a broken back, severe spinal cord damage and broken bones. It has left his loved ones angry and heartbroken.

“The chances of him ever walking again are slim to none,” daughter Alex told KTVU. “It’s completely life altering. It’s a mix of emotion from confusion to anger to sadness. “

The family has set up a fund to help pay for Fletcher’s mounting hospital bills.

Alcairo allegedly sped away after the crash. His car was later spotted on a nearby roadside by a California Highway Patrol officer.

As the CHP officer approached Alcairo, the suspect allegedly approached him in an aggressive manner and refused to comply with orders.

The officer then shot Alcairo, who is also recovering from his wounds.

Authorities said once he was released from the hospital, he will be arrested. Morgan said the case has been turned over to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

Alex Fletcher told KTVU the incident has left her family leaning on its strong faith.

“I know we’re going to get through it,” she said. “We’re not defeated. We’re struggling and we need a lot of help.”

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