Ron Thomas, father of homeless man Kelly Thomas, who died after an altercation with Fullerton police in July, was attending a town-hall meeting that was hosted by Councilwoman Sharon Quick-Silva when the accident occurred. According to Fullerton police Robert Hossein Ghanadian struck three parked vehicles in the Steamers Café parking lot. Ghanadian age 57 was driving a Ford Explorer when he sideswiped the three vehicles including a Chevrolet Tahoe that is owned by Thomas.
According to Fullerton Police Capt. Robert Bastreri, after the crash Ghanadian was unable to pass a field sobriety test. Ghanadian complained of pain, but refused to be treated by paramedics.
According to witness Shawna Leighton age 21 of Yorba Linda, she saw the driver of the Ford Explorer swerving prior to sideswiping the three vehicles. Thomas stated there was a large police presence after the driver suspected of driving under the influence struck the vehicles to ensure it was not deliberate action against Thomas.
Thomas has organized weekly protests and has attended City Council meetings since the death of his son, demanding justice and accountability. Thomas’ son Kelly Thomas died after an altercation with several police officers that have since been charged with his death. Officer Manuel Ramos was charged with second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was also charged with aggravated manslaughter in Kelly Thomas’ death. No word from anyone's car accident attorneys yet. But Ehline law Firm PC will provide updates as they come in.