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Stockton school police officer killed in Lodi crash

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Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012 8:35 am | Updated: 6:26 am, Fri Dec 21, 2012.

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.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Mike Adams posted at 9:09 am on Thu, Dec 27, 2012.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1271

    Kimberly Pinto was a good officer. Her loss will be felt by the entire district. She made a tragic mistake that could have cost the lives of others.

    Defensive driving is part of every POST academy. As described in the story, speeding and aggressive driving cost her her life. If she had been in a police car, with lights and siren, the other drivers would have reacted like they were trained, pulling to the right lane. For other drivers, a private vehicle driving erratically, puts them in a dangerous situation. The second driver appears to have been courteous, moving over.

    This should be a lesson. Getting anywhere by speeding or aggressive driving, for any reason, is dangerous for the driver and others on the road.
    Getting there in one piece is a better outcome than getting an unexpected trip to the morgue.

  • Ron Werner posted at 3:56 pm on Sun, Dec 23, 2012.

    Ron Werner Posts: 73

    Evidently driver safety is not part of the SUSD resource officer curriculum.

  • Larry Hamilton posted at 11:44 am on Sun, Dec 23, 2012.

    Larry Hamilton Posts: 50

    she almost cost the life of the other guy,

  • Todd Cronin posted at 7:20 pm on Fri, Dec 21, 2012.

    Todd Posts: 96

    Where is MY commit at??



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