A former Los Banos school trustee who is a star witness in a corruption case involving the school district suffered minor injuries after his truck veered off a Merced County road Tuesday morning.
Dominic Falasco, a prominent Los Banos area attorney, was driving alone east on Sand Slough Road at about 8:25 a.m. toward the turn at Nickel Road at about 55 mph when he was unable to negotiate the left curve, veering off the roadway edge, California Highway Patrol Los Banos Area Officer Dean Emehiser said.
Falasco's 2003 Ford F-150 continued east and collided into a gravel pile before running into an irrigation ditch, where the vehicle landed upright but partially submerged, Emehiser said.
Falasco was able to exit the vehicle and waited for emergency personnel to arrive, Emehiser said. He was transported by Riggs ambulance to Los Banos Memorial for treatment of minor injuries.
Neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to be a factor in the collision, Emehiser said, adding that he didn't believe foul play is involved.
Falasco was a trustee of the Los Banos Unified School District when he brought accusations of bribery against fellow former trustee Tommy Jones to the Merced County District Attorney's Office in 2015. Falasco worked under cover for authorities during a 10-month investigation and recorded meetings between him, Jones and Merced area contractor Gregory Opinski.
Investigation reports state Opinski and Jones bribed Falasco $12,000 to vote for Opinski as the construction manager for the Mercey Springs Elementary School expansion project, and other votes. Opinski and Jones have pleaded not guilty to felony bribery charges on which they were held to stand trial.
That trial is scheduled to start Feb. 27, according to court records.