The Berkeleyite whose apparent initial suicide attempt was thwarted by a homeless person at Bancroft Way and Fulton Street around 1:50 a.m. today and who minutes later died after driving his Subaru at around 80 mph into parked cars on Yolo Street near The Alameda has now been identified as 46-year-old Jasper Summer.
While it remains unknown what caused him to attempt suicide or crash his car, Summer was an interesting and politically passionate person.
Summer was an adherent of the "9/11 Truth movement" which holds that the US government either perpetrated the World Trade Center attacks or, at the very least, allowed them to happen. He attended the February 12 Civic Center Park rally sparked by Code Pink's protests at the nearby Marines recruiting center. Wearing a purple shirt adorned with the phrase "911 WAS AN INSIDE JOB," he handed out fliers.
He voiced his opinion in comments posted online. Regarding an article inveighing "every single American daily newspaper to join us in our demand for an independent council to completely and thoroughly investigate the deaths of nearly 3,000 American citizens in the attacks of 9/11," "Jasper Summer - Berkeley, CA" wrote: "You are on the right side of history. Those who perpetuate the cover up by refusing to speak out are on the wrong side of history. Peace."
At a site promoting the video Oil, Smoke and Mirrors (tagline: "There is no war on terror"), Summer wrote: "The truth will eventually be known because the winners establish the truth. Eventually, I believe, the USA/UK/Israel will lose this war of resources and then, there will be hell to pay. I have one question for the conspiracy deniers, Who are you protecting?'" Summer was also among the creators of a 2005 petition to recall Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. "California should not be known," the petition reads, "as the state with poor schools, poor healthcare, and poor disaster readiness, all caused by a governor serving only the rich."