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Antioch man killed in Delta crash on Highway 12

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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 5:54 pm

A 61-year-old Antioch man was killed in a head-on collision early Sunday morning by a suspected drunken driver on Highway 12 east of Peatland Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Law enforcement officials have not released the victim’s identity pending notification of family members.

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  • Candy Capogrossi posted at 4:53 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    CandaceC Posts: 1

    To Krystal V...Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for stopping and calling 911.We are praying that he did not suffer at the end.His family and friends are not going to let this case slide because Mack,s death was way too soon.He worked very hard all his life Also Hwy 12 without barriers is an accident waiting to happen.There was another death on Hwy 12 the same day in Sonoma County.Time to put our grief to work.

  • Ross Farrow posted at 12:45 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    Ross Farrow Posts: 104

    I made the changes in the article.

  • Ross Farrow posted at 12:44 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    Ross Farrow Posts: 104

    I must apologize for a mistake I made in the above article. The victim, Mack Pringle, was driving west on Highway 12, and Phi Nguyen, who was arrested on suspicion of DUI, was driving east. So Mr. Nguyen was driving toward Lodi, not from Lodi. Again, my apologies for the confusion.

  • robert maurer posted at 2:44 pm on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 485

    My deepest condolences to the McCree Harris family. I hope that the family and friends show up for all Nguen's court proceedings to pressure the judge for the maximum charges such as felony DUI resulting in an accident causing death( vehicular homicide or vehicular manslaughter)as well as any other enhancements prescribed by the new law. Also file suit for restitution and continue to confer with the district attorney who will likely handle your case and provide legal council... Ms.Vellos; thank you for your time in relating your eyewitness account of this...What an emotion provoking mental image it supplied, as well as memories for those of us who have lived through DUI caused wrecks.

  • Krystal Vellos posted at 2:08 pm on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Krystal V Posts: 2

    I am so sorry for your loss. I pray you and your family are able to find some peace and comfort during this time. I hope that justice is done and that guy is punished. I will never forget him running around telling me he hit "something" but didn't know what. I was completely disgusted when I saw your uncle's car and ran over there as fast as I could, yelling at that he didn't just hit "something", he hit a human being. I hope all the information I was able to supply CHP with is enough to convict this guy to the highest.

  • Krystal Vellos posted at 2:02 pm on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Krystal V Posts: 2

    I want to express my deepest condolences to this poor man's family and friends. I was right behind this accident and the first person to pull over, help and contact 911. As I watched this horrible tragedy unfold, it was unknown to me how something so horrible could happen while the one causing it suffered a minor hand injury and was running all around the highway. I know that this is an image that will never leave my mind and I pray that people learn something from this senseless accident. That highway is dangerous enough, please don't add alcohol into the mix. An innocent man died, his family is suffering and the guilty party has minor injuries and a DUI...no justice in that. I pray that man gets a severe punishment and lives with guilt every waking moment. I pray the family and friends of the deceased find peace and comfort during this time.

  • Mc cree harris posted at 1:19 pm on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    ladytilt Posts: 1

    This man took a very special man to me! He(Mc Kinley Pringle)was a son, brother, Father, uncle, and great uncle and most of all a very lovable and caring person. I'm reading that the driver was taken to jail for a DUI, that's crazy. He took my Uncles life, his children and his siblings life also. What do we have now? Yes we will always have memories but to be taken away from us like this is very hurtful and harmful. What happen to the new DUI laws that states: take a life and you are given a life sentence! May my Uncle, rest in peace and I pray that the court sysrem do their job, cuz I will be keeping up with this issue. R.I.P. UNCLE MACK LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU DEARLY

  • robert maurer posted at 11:51 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 485

    Doug; New stiffer DUI laws were passed on 12-18-12. Check for yourself. Mr.Jacobs is on to something regarding revenue; Lodi's main touring attraction is the wine industry. What would happen if the cops busted everybody? No more wine tourists. The DUI checkpoints bring revenue to the LPD while Lodi does not get the reputation as a DUI trap. Businesses prosper and LPD gets its cut also. A win-win situation. It's all a game, but you have to be clever or responsible in order to win.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:15 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Mr. Scott, you have two of the most treacherous roads to travel each week in this area. Any distraction on these highways can lead to tragedy. You have got to have nerves of steel and great concentration to survive that commute each week. And the implications for just the first dui can amount to over $10K after fines, court costs, SR22 high risk insurance rates, completion of dui traffic school and impound fees. The problem I see is with the second and third offenders and the lack of jail time for repeaters. The two day mandatory sentences that usually comprise just public service in most cases should be mandatory days in jail, which would scare the daylights out of an offender knowing that next time will, or could be, a jail sentence that could possibly result in loss of a job and restrict the offender from the use of any public or company vehicle he needs for work.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:05 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    It could have been one of those real DUI drivers coming from Lodi that was involved in this tragedy. in my opinion, LPD does not take this offense in a very serious manner and it never ceases to amaze me, being and alcoholic and addict for many years in my younger days, many of them right here in Lodi and knowing the attitude of law enforcement and the drinking habits and genres of many Lodi addicts/alcoholics and the patterns of the poor placement of the dui checkpoints and the lousy number of impaired drivers that are arrested at these poorly placed checkpoints and away from evenings of the big booze busts, call them what you want, and I think it's time that the city of Lodi and LPD get over their fear of one of their own or a dignitary getting arrested for dui and reassess the way they regulate impaired drivers. Any one with half a brain can see the location of these traps are overwhelmingly on the east side and rarely on an evening of any kind of wine or alcohol related event, which nearly every event around Lodi has alcohol, even family events. It seems like the city of Lodi and certain elements of their law enforcement team fear getting the reputation of livable, lovable Lodi being a town that has zero tolerance for dui/alcohol/impaired driving and would lose valuable dollars on its main industry, wine and alcohol. To me it is pretty pathetic that Lodi would consider their many alcohol related events, including those at local wineries, to take precedence over removing impaired drivers from our roads. Highway 12 is a prime example. It is already known for the many tragic accidents and Lodi only adds to the tragedies by allowing the constant parties, under the guise of fund raisers or entertainment, among others, to go unchecked when they know full well that those are the events that attract the same crowd, by staging these dui/license checkpoints away from the common routes or on weekends that these events are held and the paper articles indicate the intent is to trap unlicensed drivers judging by the numbers. And I'd guess that at least 75% or more are minorities looking at the east side locations that are mostly chosen. Since alcohol is an addictive substance, why isn't it taken as seriously as the drug problem here in Lodi, and the fact that it seems to be getting worse, as well as the alcoholism rates.

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 8:16 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    This is what you call idiot driver population control.... I think all drivers in California should be routed through highway 12. This way we can kill the problem drivers once and for all.... Which is about 99.9% for the driving public....

  • Jackson Scott posted at 7:25 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    Kevin is right. Mandatory jail time and huge financial implications are needed to make people think twice about driving while drunk, high, buzzed, etc.

    I drive from Lodi to Walnut Creek at least once a week for my consulting biz. The sections of Hwy 12 & 160 are EXTREMELY dangerous when sober and it requires the drivers full attention at all times.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 6:39 pm on Sun, Apr 21, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2106

    We HAVE to have stronger DUI laws. Bigger fines (Multiplying with every offense), mandatory jail times if you cause an accident, extended jail time if you kill someone plus compensation for the family of the victims from EVERY paycheck for 5, 10, or more years as a constant reminder and deterrent from drinking and driving.

    AND every bar/establishment that serves alcohol should be REQUIRED to carry the stiff penalties in a visible area, on the menu or entry tot he place.



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