|RP’s David Aggio dies in Bakersfield crash on March 8
A Rohnert Park man who was a state parole agent and a father of two died Saturday in Bakersfield in a head-on automobile collision.
David Joseph Aggio, 54, died instantly, and his wife, Kathleen, suffered minor injuries when another vehicle crashed into their car, according to the Bakersfield Police Dept. She was treated and released from a Bakersfield hospital for injuries that included four broken bones and cuts to her feet and face from flying glass.
According to police, the driver, 22-year-old Rodolfo Contreras was heading southbound in a white Honda Civic on Stockdale Highway when he allegedly sped through an intersection on a yellow light, struck and jumped a raised medium, crashed into and sheared off the front end of Aggio’s blue Ford Explorer.
Bakersfield police suspect Contreras may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol and was administered a blood test, but results are not yet available.
This was not Contreras’ first run-in with the law. In 2012, Contreras was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance, felony transporting a controlled substance and driving without a license, an infraction. The transporting charge was dismissed, the possession charge was deferred, and Contreras pleaded no contest to driving without a license, according to the records.
Aggio was in Bakersfield visiting his wife, temporarily working in Bakersfield.
He was a former San Quentin prison guard, he worked for 17 years as a parole officer in Santa Rosa, and in the Eureka Parole Unit.
Aggio’s ex-wife, Kandace Millhouse of Rohnert Park, the mother of his two children, Kayla, 20, and Julian, 24, said he was an amazing father.
“He was the kind of man that was always there for his children,” Millhouse told the Bakersfield Californian. “His children were No. 1 and he never missed games,” driving thousands of miles over the years to watch them compete.
Both kids wrestled. Julian also played football before joining the Navy. He’s studying medicine at California State University-Chico. Kayla was a two-time All-Empire Wrestler of the Year in Sonoma County and now wrestles for Oklahoma City University.
“(Kayla's) dad was her rock when it came to wrestling,” Millhouse said. “She's been kicking butt down in Oklahoma ever since.”
The crash remains under investigation, and no criminal charges have been filed as of Wednesday, March 12.