Drunk Driver Who Killed Toll Worker Charged

Si Si Han was struck minutes after showing up to work the Bay Bridge toll booth earlier this month.

(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

More than a week after a fatal car crash on the Bay Bridge earlier this month, Alameda County prosecutors charged the drunk driver with manslaughter.

The Tuesday announcement of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated also came with six counts of felony DUI causing injury, Bay City News reports. At 5:11 a.m. on Dec. 2, California Highway Patrol responded to the scene to find that 32-year-old Daniel Berk struck the toll booth of 46-year-old Si Si Han.

Han, who her family said showed up to fill in for a co-worker just 11 minutes earlier, subsequently died. She is survived by her husband and their 10-year-old daughter.

California Highway Patrol Officer Andrey Gavrilchik wrote in a probable cause statement that he and his partner “detected a faint odor of an alcoholic beverage and marijuana emanating from Berk’s person at the scene.” He also wrote that surveillance cameras showed that the white box truck was driven in a reckless manner toward the Oakland.

Berk, of Foster City, and a passenger were thrown out of the truck when it crashed and were later hospitalized, along with five other motorists in the collision.

Han’s family in San Lorenzo has since set up a GoFundMe, which has raised more than $28,000 as of Wednesday. The $35,000 goal will go toward funeral expenses, her daughter’s future, and supporting the family.

Si Si Han and her family (Photo courtesy of GoFundMe)

Han came from Burma — now officially named Myanmar — and worked for Caltrans for more than 10 years. In the GoFundMe message, her family described her as “such a sweet and generous woman” who constantly made sacrifices to support her family.

“We are all still in utter shock, devastated, and at a complete loss of words,” they wrote. “Whether through your kind and supportive words, thoughts, or actions, we truly thank you for everything through this inexpressible loss.”

The fundraising page can be reached at GoFundMe.com/si-si-han-toll-collector.

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