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Posted: Sunday, July 17, 2011 6:23 am | Updated: 12:04 pm, Mon Jul 18, 2011.

A major city intersection was closed more than six hours Sunday morning as emergency crews cleared a suspected DUI accident that saw one vehicle split in half.

The driver of the vehicle responsible for the accident — who is suspected to have been intoxicated — was taken to an area hospital for treatment of major injuries, police said.

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49 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:14 am on Fri, Jul 29, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    If you find that evil... I think your opinion reflects badly on you.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:12 am on Fri, Jul 29, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I was not compassionate for a drunk driver... that I have no compassion for. I am however compassionate for anyone who finds themselves suicidal because they lost a love one. In other words... hate the behavior... not the soul of the person who did something they should not have done.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:07 am on Fri, Jul 29, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Lee ....I think you need medication for your anger... sorry you find yourself in such a bad way. What you perceive and reality are in two different worlds.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 6:15 pm on Thu, Jul 28, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Darrell: You want to work hard in trying to elicit compassion for a drunk driver that could have killed innocent people, by her choice, but you also enjoy attacking other people's children by calling them names. I think we can all see where your twisted priorities lie. You're an evil man, Darrell.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:50 am on Thu, Jul 28, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    posted at 11:41 pm on Wed, Jul 27, 2011...You have posted an incredible number of comments focusing on compassion for this criminal drunk driver, yet not much about her victims.

    What I actually stated...Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:12 am on Fri, Jul 22, 2011...Obviously her action was horrific and thoughtless... I also am more sympathetic and concerned with the innocent victims that could have died easily but escaped tragedy at her hands.

    Ms Lee, do you not ever tire of mis-characterizing me... I do not support drunk drivers... if you think so you are again mistaken. The only reason I am focusing in on this particular case is to respond to your incredible cold heart... Of course the innocent victims are a primary concern... fortunately, they only had minor injuries.


     
  • Kim Lee posted at 11:41 pm on Wed, Jul 27, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Like I said, my heart will always go out to the innocent victims of these drunk drivers. If you, Darrell, want to focus on compassion for the drunk drivers then that is your personal choice. We all have choices to make, just like this drunk driver. I wonder, would you be digging so hard for compassion for this drunk driver if she had in fact murdered these three people? You have posted an incredible number of comments focusing on compassion for this criminal drunk driver, yet not much about her victims.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:56 am on Wed, Jul 27, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Showing compassion does not mean to support the activity... I think you are blatenly disengenuous and deceptive in making a connection that people who show compassion for someone who did something wrong is to state you support what they did wrong.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 8:45 pm on Tue, Jul 26, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Darrell: Supporting drunk drivers is your choice.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 8:43 pm on Tue, Jul 26, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    You may think that drinking and driving, and the heinous results of that choice, is an excusable offense and that you should feel sorry for the drunk. Personally, like I said, my heart will always go out to the innocent victims of these drunk drivers.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 8:32 pm on Tue, Jul 26, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    I agree that drinking and driving is a choice.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:10 pm on Tue, Jul 26, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Thank you for confirming you disagree...

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 3:20 pm on Tue, Jul 26, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    My heart goes out to the victims of drunk drivers.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:06 pm on Tue, Jul 26, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    posted at 9:55 pm on Mon, Jul 25, 2011...I have compassion for the millions that have lost loved ones to a drunk driver. Drinking and driving is a choice....

    Of course Ms Lee... all that you mention should get compassion as innocent victims...

    However, so should this lady fighting for her life in the hospital... Looking at your posts below, obviously you disagree with me....

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 9:55 pm on Mon, Jul 25, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    I have compassion for the millions that have lost loved ones to a drunk driver. Drinking and driving is a choice.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:55 pm on Mon, Jul 25, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Choosing not to drink and drive is wise, thoughtful and the right thing to do.... putting others at risk because of thoughtless acts are not acceptable.

    compassion is showing understanding and empathy to those who make mistakes and do things that they should not because of extenuating circumstances and human misfortune.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 12:43 pm on Mon, Jul 25, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Compassion is choosing not to drink and drive.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:55 am on Mon, Jul 25, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    of course... you are quite the compassionate thinker...

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 2:32 am on Mon, Jul 25, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Don't drink and drive.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:52 pm on Sun, Jul 24, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    K... if you sincerely can not see the need for compassion in this kind of situation, I fear you have been desensitized and made cold hearted... you must have experienced a hard life. I have compassion for you as well. take care.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:48 pm on Sun, Jul 24, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Show compassion to people in pain mentally and physically.

    I also agree... do not drink and drive...

    But can you not see a difference between a person driving home after a night at the bar, and a distraught woman who lost the love of her life.... it is not an excuse... but a consideration in showing compassion.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 2:07 pm on Sun, Jul 24, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Don't drink and drive.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:16 am on Sun, Jul 24, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Posted at 8:56 pm on Sat, Jul 23, 2011...his is no place for your off topic personal attacks

    At the risk of making you angry...not everything is about you ... I was posting for the benefit of Freddy.... I felt compassion and understanding for this woman was lacking in this tread and especially by you. I thought Freddy was demonstrating compassion and asking others to understand but not excuse. All you do is throw hate arrows and no compassion whatsoever. I thought it was important for " Freddy and this lady who will leave the hospital eventually to understand why people like you say what you say. ( I saying you are an internet troll is not an attack at all... it is what you are after all)
    I was not attacking you, I was explaining why your comments were so harsh and lacked compassion... again... it is not about you.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 12:29 am on Sat, Jul 23, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Darrell wrote, "It is always good to know the "intent" behind the action."

    Really? That's ridiculous! Who cares in the least what the "intent" was behind a drunk driver going 100 mph around Lodi and then violently crashing into a car with three passengers? Who cares about the intent... or should I say excuse?

    NO excuses. Do not drink and drive!

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 6:40 pm on Fri, Jul 22, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Darrell: I disagree with you about intent. Intent is meaningless when one doesn’t consider the consequences of their actions.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:12 am on Fri, Jul 22, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Freddy Whofan posted at 12:22 am on Tue, Jul 19, 2011...Yes i know we don't and she was wrong to so..And i am not making excuses for her.( I said that).And I said bless the ones who did not get killed because of her stupid mistake...

    Freddy... I appreciate this post and its content. It is always good to know the "intent" behind the action. Obviously her action was horrific and thoughtless... I also am more sympathetic and concerned with the innocent victims that could have died easily but escaped tragedy at her hands.

    However, this woman ( if what you say is true) was obviously not in her right mind. In my view, her crime ( which it was a crime) should be looked at in a different light than one that had “intent” . If she had been to a party or doing something to have fun, then did this... it would be more heinous and monsterous...

    You are right... it is no excuse and others involved should be the focus of our compassion... but I am less angry about this because of the lack of intent to hurt others. Thank you for posting.

     
  • mizzo roberts posted at 8:34 am on Thu, Jul 21, 2011.

    mizzo roberts Posts: 59

    The city police should have stopped this speeding car. There isn't very much traffic at this time of night. Don't they patrol the Kettleman Way and Lower Sacramento rd a lot? I see them every morning writing tickets to speeders !

     
  • Patty Anderson posted at 3:37 pm on Wed, Jul 20, 2011.

    Patty Anderson Posts: 7

    I lived in Lodi for 30 years, I was bringing my granddaughters home today and my oldest one and I were sitting at the yogurt shop when I over heard a couple talking about this accident. I was in total shock to heard about this nurse driving 100 MPH. THERE IS NO EXCUSE for driving that fast. She is not the only person who's husband had cancer. I'm sorry that he died but that is NOT an excuse to be DRINKING & DRIVING!!! If she was feeling sorry & pity for herself and wanted to die DON'T involve the lives of others. This woman needs help before she does it again and she causes the death of an innocence person. She has made a mess of her life and she will now have a DUI, she lost a hand and will most likely be charged and spend time in jail and also not have a job. I don't feel sorry for her, I feel sorry for the others involved in the accident that she caused. She should of thought about what could happen when she got into her car knowing she had been drinking. She could of called someone to pick her up or called a cab. At some point in our lives we all lose a loved one. This is NOT how we deal with a suitition like this, she had family, friend or she could of gotten professsional help to deal with the lost of her husband.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 10:38 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Freddy Whofan: Your friend almost killed three people and could have killed anyone as she sped through town at 100pmh drunk! Stop making excuses for her choice to endanger the lives of others.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 10:28 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Freddy Whofan wrote, "I am not here to defend a terrible mistake."

    Freddy Whofan: This woman did not simply make a mistake. She made a choice. She chose to drink and drive impaired. She drove that machine 100 mph through an intersection. Now you tell us that she tried to commit suicide? Well then that tells us that you believe this woman's actions were deliberate.

     
  • Jay Samone posted at 10:41 am on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Freddy - you may not see this post, but I want to tell you that EVERYONE has tragedy in their lives. The path of self destruction takes down EVERYONE in it's path, including innocent bystanders. I understand trying to put a human face on the accident, but you need to stop making excuses for her. Just because that wasn't who she WAS - it's who she is NOW. Plain and simple. You haven't even been there for her since the last time you saw her was 14 mos ago at the funeral - where have YOU been? If she wants to kill herself, that's her decision, but driving drunk at over 100 mph in a brand new vette sounds more like a pity party than an attempt at suicide. I hate to sound harsh, but let's be realistic. She clearly needs mental help and AA and I hope that the individuals in the other vehicle make a speedy recovery. Bless all......

     
  • Freddy Whofan posted at 9:20 am on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Whofan Posts: 7

    @ K ..Lee Your right and she was a nurse..I can tell you past 30 years this woman is not a drinker ..After the death of her husband something happen to her..NOT A EXCUSE BUT A VERY GOOD OBSERVATION.. This not the same person we all knew ..She took a turn for the worst and completley started self destructing..Drinking is a not even part of who she was .. And i will still continue to pray for her and the others involved..They were inches away from dying and i personally feel that i am more then happy for them and there families that this did not end up so very bad in that respect..i know it was only inches that the miracle took place of them surviving.I am not here to defend a terrible mistake.
    Most of us know not to get behind the wheel..I feel it was more then just that..She has been on a road of self destrcution..This is not her character at all prior to her husbands death..This will be my last comment..God Bless everyone in the world and hope all invloved recover emotionally and physically..I personally pray for her but feel she may not make it..

     
  • Ramona Hankins posted at 12:36 am on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    RAMONA HANKINS Posts: 1

    I WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS BY SAYING. YES THEY GOT UP AND WALKED AWAY. BUT THEY ARE NOT OK. FOR STARTERS THE DRIVER WASNT EVEN SEEN R TREATED WHEN HE WAS TAKN TO THE HOSPITAL. NOW AFTER GOING BACK TO THE HOSPITAL TODAY THERES FRACTURES ON BOTH MY SISTER AND BROTHER. AND A LONG LIST OF MEDICATIONS.. RIGHT IS RIGHT AND WRONG NO MATTER WHAT SHE, THE DRIVER WAS GOING THROUGH SPEEDING LIKE A BAT OUT OFF HELL. WAS NOT THE ANSWER. IM THANKN GOD FOR NOT ONLY MY FAMILY BUT HERS TO FOR THIS ISNT EASY.

     
  • Freddy Whofan posted at 12:22 am on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Whofan Posts: 7

    truth about it is she was trying to commit suicide ..She just lost it...I have heard shes been losing it for sometime..Her husband of 30 years was her only true family.. Now go ahead and tear that comment down to..

     
  • Freddy Whofan posted at 12:18 am on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Whofan Posts: 7

    Lets take a tragedy and turn it into a pig circus..Comments always seem to match wits then really show love for one another..I ask to pray and one assumes no one cared about others involved..Thats the first thing i talked about after finding out..God bless no one else got hurt..But one has to jump to conclusions and think no one cares about anyone except who i mention..

     
  • Freddy Whofan posted at 12:11 am on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Whofan Posts: 7

    Didnt i say bless everyone who did not get hurt.?.I did pray for them..Very much so,.,,And we talked about it my job today where her husband worked and thank god they did not get hurt.No need to judge me ..U dont know what i have done and have not...

     
  • Freddy Whofan posted at 12:08 am on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Whofan Posts: 7

    Yes i know we dont and she was wrong to so..And i am not making excuses for her.( I said that).And I said bless the ones who did not ge killed because of her stupid mistake..But a human mistake ..Yes we dont get behind the wheel ..She did..Bad bad mistake..Nothing wrong with me sayig pray for her because she was human ..Of course we dont..get behind the wheel..She did and now it may cost her life..last time i saw this woman i was at her husbands funeral and she was left crying on his coffin.Im not trying to do anything but give her a human face..One who made a terrible mistake..

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 11:59 pm on Mon, Jul 18, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    By the way... cancer sucks.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 11:58 pm on Mon, Jul 18, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Freddy Whofan: No excuses accepted for drinking and driving, period. You said this drunk driver was a nurse. That makes it even worse as she must know all too well how someone can get killed or mangled by a drunk driver. Even more reason that she should have known better. You say she lost her husband of many years. She could have taken the life of my loved ones. How is that okay or excusable? It's not even understandable. I have, of course, already prayed for this woman. By the grace of God this woman did not kill anyone. No excuses. No license.

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 11:53 pm on Mon, Jul 18, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 386

    Freddy, I understand what you are trying to do, and must say I know others who have changed after a life altering event such as a spouses death. But we all do not get behind the wheel of a brand spanking new shiney Corvette and race down Lower Sac @ Kettleman at an estimated 100mph... after having what we can only speculate as "several drinks."

    Erica, my prayers to your family members.

    Shannon, why does it matter if she was 53? Would it be "better" if she was 23? Bad judgement comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and AGES.

     
  • Erica Moppins posted at 10:42 pm on Mon, Jul 18, 2011.

    Erica Moppins Posts: 1

    Im glad that you are not TRYING to make an excuse for her...but I am a blood relative of the members that just so HAPPENED to walk away.So would it be any different if they were the ones who hit her and I were to say that they were on their way home from a 26 year old cousins funeral who lost her life to liver and kidney failure and battled it all her life and it was not in their character to do do...NO I THINK NOT!!! It would have been an outrage...Young people drinking and driving @ 100mph+ and hit ANYONE for that matter...But because she was in mourning of her husband and a good person of the commnuity... that is your testimony and what about the lives of the ones she hit...is anyone concerned of their feelings...How they are afraid to get into a car w/the fear of not making it to their next destination...As a loving and Christian Family we will pray for her but what about praying for everyone!!!

     
  • Freddy Whofan posted at 7:50 pm on Mon, Jul 18, 2011.

    Whofan Posts: 7

    It is no excuse i make for this woman.But i learn today this woman was the wife of my freind who Passed from Cancer 14 months ago..She was a strong professional woman who drank rarely in her marriage of nearly 30 years..She a Registered Nurse who really took care of her husband during his battle with Cancer.Which he finally sucumb to after nearly a 1 and 1/2 year battle..I can tell you thatshe was very much in love with her husband and she seems to have lost the only true family she had we he passed..I think she just spiraled down after his death..This is not her character prior to his death..A happily married professional woman.This is noexcuse and i feel blessed that the other involved were not seriously hurt..I just hought id wriet and give some perspective on her ..I know its not once gain a excuse but i thought id put more of a human face on her so some not to forgive her poor judgement, but to understand this is not the woman we knew happily married for 30 years..She now due to her internal pain the last 14 months has possibly paid with her life or destroyed her life what she had left of it.I ask that maybe we just pray for her now at this time..

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 5:49 pm on Mon, Jul 18, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Thank God this woman didn't kill, maim or damage someone for life (hopefully not)! The choice to drink and drive is just that... a choice. This woman looks to have chosen to throw some back and then get in her fast car (going 100 mph!) and put all others at risk for death by her hand. I hope she is never allowed to drive again.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 6:29 pm on Sun, Jul 17, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2027

    Wrong as in facts are wrong or wrong as in the whole things shouldn't have happened?

    Care to elaborate?

     
  • Charmaine Stevens posted at 12:00 pm on Sun, Jul 17, 2011.

    Charmaine Stevens Posts: 5

    The whole story is wrong....

     
  • Shannon Mirfield posted at 10:15 am on Sun, Jul 17, 2011.

    Shannon Mirfield Posts: 41

    53 year old woman?? What was she thinking?!! Glad the other people are okay. I noticed that there are still paper plates on the Vette.

     
  • Shannon Mirfield posted at 10:11 am on Sun, Jul 17, 2011.

    Shannon Mirfield Posts: 41

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 9:43 am on Sun, Jul 17, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2839

    If the drunk driver got seriously injured more often there may not be as many people driving drunk. And, I am all for a breathalizer being standard equipment in all cars so drunks can't start the car. And with a retina scanning device so they can't switch with their buddies once the car starts.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:29 am on Sun, Jul 17, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1849

    Usually it is the victims of the drunk driver that get hurt or killed while the drunk walks away with only minor injuries. Thankfully the victims sustained only minor injuries, this time.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:15 am on Sun, Jul 17, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1849

    Booze and driving. Not a good combination but some people just don't seem to get it.

     
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