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Single traffic fatality reported in San Joaquin County during holiday

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Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2002 10:00 pm

Only one fatal car accident — a single car crash on Highway 99 — was reported in San Joaquin County over what was otherwise a relatively uneventful Memorial Day weekend for area law enforcement agencies.

Glendri Edwards, 18, died after losing control of his 2001 Ford Escort Early Sunday morning. Edwards was driving north on Highway 99 near Collier Road when he apparently lost control of his car and crashed into the cement center divide of the highway, the California Highway Patrol said.

The Sacramento resident’s car flipped several times before coming to rest, CHP Officer William Gill said. Edwards was wearing a seat belt.

On heightened patrol for what can often be a hectic driving weekend, the CHP reported about 50 vehicular accidents in the county — excluding the Tracy area — only slightly more than normal weekend accident statistics, Gill said.

On a typical, busy, two-day weekend, the CHP usually logs approximately 30 accidents, and considering that Memorial Day weekend is three days, 50 was not a high total, Gill said.

Lodi police had an equally uneventful traffic weekend, Sgt. William Barry said.

There were 11 accidents, but no serious injuries. There also were 10 DUI arrests, which, again, is not an abnormally high number, Barry said.

“It was an average weekend,” he said.

The San Joaquin County waterways weren’t too rough either, Sheriff’s Department Spokeswoman Nellie Stone said. The sheriff’s marine unit handed out 67 citations from Friday through Monday, but reported only seven accidents with two minor injuries.

Three citations were given on the Lodi stretch of the Mokelumne River — one for speeding, one for an equipment violation and one for a registration problem.

Three DUI arrests were also made on the water.

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