Local crashes affect Ranch residents

RANCHO SANTA FE — The village of Rancho Santa Fe is populated with real estate offices, so when news of two car crashes involving realtors spread recently, ripples of fear and concern were felt across the community.
On Aug. 17, at 1:44 p.m., Herb Josepher was traveling in his 2009 Lexus from the village to his office on Via de la Valle.
While turning a corner on La Gracia, he was struck by a young man driving a Ford F-350 that had crossed the center line. The Lexus was forced off the road, crashing into a monument on a property on La Gracia, totalling the car. Paramedics, the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol and the CHP were called to the scene. Josepher sustained injuries to his left neck, shoulder and has suffered from continual headaches.
As of press time, he is still awaiting results from an MRI.
Josepher is Prudential Realty’s branch manager for nine offices in Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar. He supervises more than 250 realtors out of those offices.
On Aug. 14, realtor Michael Moot was returning from a real estate seminar held in Palm Desert when he, too, was in a serious car crash that totaled his car. Paramedics rushed to the scene where Moot had to be cut from his car and then Life-flighted to the hospital in Palm Desert. He suffered two broken legs, a broken arm, and was taken to surgery for seven hours. Moot remains in the hospital in Palm Desert for two weeks and faces a three- to six-month rehabilitation.
A contribution fund has been set up for Michael Moot. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to help the family with expenses may go to any Wells Fargo Bank and ask for the Michael Moot Contribution Fund, account number 3980825750.

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