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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:47 am, Fri May 20, 2011.

A Bay Point man received major injuries Thursday morning in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 12, between Flag City and Tower Park Marina, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Gregory L. Robinson, 59, was driving a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle west on Highway 12 east of Peatland Road at about 11:20 a.m. when he passed two vehicles, CHP Officer Angel Arceo said.

Robinson tried to pass a third vehicle, a 2008 Isuzu box truck, but he saw an oncoming truck driven by a 19-year-old Lodi man, Arceo said. Robinson swerved back into the westbound lane, but he rear-ended the Isuzu. The crash knocked Robinson back into the eastbound lane, where he was struck by a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Jett A. Miller, 19, of Lodi, Arceo said.

Robinson was taken to Kaiser Hospital in South Sacramento.

Miller and the driver of the Isuzu, Thomas M. Cadman, 63, of Fair Oaks, were not injured.

Officers are investigating whether alcohol contributed to the crash, Arceo said.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Nicole Olehy posted at 1:44 pm on Tue, May 31, 2011.

    Nicole Olehy Posts: 2

    Teresa, perhaps you misunderstood my post. I was certainly not excusing anyone's actions. I don't know the details of any alcohol or drug relations, as this article does not specify any of that information. Nor did I comment on such a thing. I DID however comment on how HEARTLESS of a statement "throw the book at him. May he suffer!" was. The article obviously does not provide the outcome of this accident. But the loss of two limbs is certainly something one would have to "suffer" for the rest of their lives. I also mentioned how unfortunate this accident was and how it could have been worse. He is lucky to be alive and lucky no one else was hurt. Along with saying that my prayers went out to ALL involved in this accident. I'm not sure if you have something personally against Greg. I DO know the history of the family. That doesn't take away from me feeling compassionate for ANY human being who has lost both their legs & for EVERYONE involved in this accident.

  • Teresa Blanton posted at 5:16 pm on Fri, May 27, 2011.

    Teresa Blanton Posts: 1

    Nicole, if you know the history of this family and you are referring to the children from his biological daughter then I think that you need to revisit your statement that Greg has two young grandchildren. If you are referring to other, non-bio, grandchildren then I will beg your pardon. However, when all is said and done I feel certain that it will be shown that alcohol played a major role in this horrid wreck. I'm not totally callous, I feel very sad for Greg. But my heart goes out to the young driver in the Silverado truck. He will have nightmares for years to come. I hope he knows that he did all he could do to avoid a reckless oncoming motorcyclist, but he had nowhere to go on that stretch of highway if he wanted to remain alive that day.
    Alcohol ruins the life of those that abuse it, but it also ruins the lives of those surrounding the abuser. Sad, sad, sad.

  • Nicole Olehy posted at 11:13 am on Fri, May 27, 2011.

    Nicole Olehy Posts: 2

    "Throw the book at him! May he suffer." Really? This man has two young grandchildren. He lost BOTH his legs and is still in the hospital. I think he has suffered enough and will continue to suffer for the rest of his life. Everyone makes stupid quick decisions on the road. Just because not everyone gets caught or suffers consequences doesn't make them perfect or good enough to wish ill will on another human. I am glad that he is alive and no one else got hurt. This could have been worse. That being said, my prayers go out to ALL involved in this accident, especially Greg & our family.

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 10:14 am on Mon, May 23, 2011.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    I lived in Stockton most of my live (I'm now in Oregon, what a great place to be) and drove Hwy 12 both in my own car but mostly in a big truck.

    Not only are all the cars continually passing, but big truck drivers are doing it too...

    If they just make it illegal to pass on that stretch of Hwy then you wouldn't see so many accidents. You are NOT going to make up that much time in distance you are going by continually passing other vehicles on that stretch of Hwy which ends at interstate 80.

    Of course just about everyone out there driving are in a hurry to get nowhere, or to kill themselves or someone else!

  • John Randall posted at 9:37 am on Mon, May 23, 2011.

    John Randall Posts: 21

    Mr. Robinson is a prime example of the kind of foolish person(s) that endanger so many innocent others on that very dangerous section of old Highway 12. Throw the book at him! May he suffer. He could easily have caused a major fatality. NEVERTHELESS: If there was a concrete barrier on this lousy, narrow old dangerous road, there would be no story to report here. Just build it, like they did on Highway 37 back in the '90s. Not one head-on accident since.



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