A Stockton Unified School District police sergeant was killed early Thursday morning in a two-car crash on Highway 99 near Kettleman Lane, according to the school district.
The victim was Sgt. Kimberly Pinto, 39, a Sacramento resident who was a school resource officer at Chavez High School in Stockton at one time. She also served on patrol and was part of the department’s community policing effort, according to school district spokeswoman Dianne Barth-Feist. She was a University of the Pacific graduate and previously served on Pacific’s police force.
The accident happened at about 5:47 a.m. on southbound Highway 99, just north of Kettleman Lane, according to the California Highway patrol. Two witnesses told CHP officers that Pinto was exceeding the speed limit and making rapid lane changes south of Galt to get around slower-moving traffic, according to a CHP report.
Pinto, driving a 2003 Honda Accord, approached a 2012 Dodge Avenger, which was going about 65 mph, according to the report. The Dodge driver, Michael Quackenbush, 26, of Galt, moved into the right lane, but Pinto reportedly followed the Dodge into the right lane.
According to CHP, the front end of Pinto’s car collided with the Dodge’s left-rear corner, which spun the Dodge around counter-clockwise across both southbound lanes. Quackenbush’s car collided with a tree prior to stopping on the west shoulder.
Pinto’s Honda went through the Dodge, went off the highway and collided with a large eucalyptus tree on the west shoulder, according to the CHP.
Pinto died at the scene, and Quackenbush was not injured. No alcohol or drugs were believed to have been a factor in the collision, the CHP reported.
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