When residents of Lodi and the surrounding area heard about the major crash Tuesday evening, many turned to their social media accounts to seek answers, share what they witnessed and send out support.
Messages of prayers offered for the victims and their families were mixed with many questions about the details of the crash, many of which cannot be answered yet.
Posts cropped up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under the hashtag #LodiStrong, as well as #Lodi and #lodicrash.
The following posts were pulled from Twitter.com, and were posted throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday morning:
“Huge wreck next to lodi middle, I just saw a little kid on a stretcher. It really makes you thankful for your life and the people in it...” — @nikkiwesterback
“A big prayer for the people in the crash on Ham Lane.” — @albaaabe
“#LodiStrong time to rise up and unite” — Jason Hill, @jashill333
“To the families that lost loved ones yesterday, you are in my thoughts and prayers #LodiStrong” — Mackenzie, @MackLzme
“My heart goes out to those affected by last night’s horrific crash in Lodi. 6 people died including a pregnant woman and her unborn baby :(“ — Cristian Tapia, @cris_t
“So sad, stay off your cellphones if you’re driving. Nothing is that important! Thinking of the families affected ...” — Leana Sanders, @leanasanders
These posts were collected from public Facebook accounts on Wednesday morning:
“Just heard about that horrible car crash in Lodi ... my heart goes out to the family that was torn apart by that stupid man.” — Morgan Felix
“People ask what humbles me. I would have to say trying to save a life will humble anyone. When you can put all fears aside, and put all of your strength and energy into fighting for one human being. Nothing else matters at the time, whether it be who they are, or what they have done in their lifetime. If the person lives to see another day, there is inner peace, and if they do not make it, you carry a little piece of them with you. I pray for all of the families of the tragic Lodi accident yesterday, and thank all of the EMS crew and my Lodi Memorial Family that helped out.” — Jessica James
“The lives lost in Lodi didn’t have to happen if laws were being obeyed. Speed limit is 35 and witnesses say one of the drivers was on the phone. I’m so frustrated ... I’m on the same street on a daily basis with a car full of kids. People, obey the law. Please let this be an example of speeding and driving while on the phone. God bless those families.” — Mary Haddad
“I know the accident and Lodi was terrible and I wish it never happened but the way all the TV crews on the corner interviewing people is not going to stop another one from happening they should think before they show up. There’s so many TV trucks and people on that corner there’s bound to be another accident the way they’re standing around. I just think it’s so sad.” — Alice Artz
Dozens of concerned Lodians shared their thoughts by posting comments on News-Sentinel stories linked to Facebook:
“So sad. Bound to happen. People are always trying to beat the system by using their cellphones when it is against the law (for a reason) and speeding instead of following traffic speed limit laws. When will we wise up and take it easy and keep the cellphone off?” — Sandy Farrington
“My daughter came home from school heartbroken ... one of the lives lost belonged to a classmate 7th grader and his entire family. I had no words to (comfort) her. She was so sad and mad cuz she heard the rumors that it might of been caused by using a cellphone while driving. She wishes cellphones wouldn’t exist!” — Ana Cervantes
“Also sad is what the lone survivor — a 9 yr old — will have to live with for the rest of his/her life. Hopefully, everyone will rally around the child to provide the support needed to be able to heal, not just from the physical injuries, but from what this will do to his heart and soul ...” — Raye Gale