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Victim of fatal crash on Hutchins Street identified

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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:00 am

The San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of a head-on collision on Hutchins Street last week as 53-year-old Paul Joseph Martinez of Lodi.

Witnesses told police that at around 8:40 p.m. on Thursday, Martinez was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier north in the southbound passing lane of Hutchins Street when he struck an oncoming vehicle just north of Brandywine Lane, according to Lodi Police Sgt. Shad Canestrino.

The Cavalier struck a blue 2010 Toyota Scion driven by a 23-year-old Stockton woman who was driving south.

Police are unsure why Martinez was driving the wrong way.

Canestrino said witnesses estimated Martinez was driving between 40 and 50 miles per hour, which is the typical speed along Hutchins Street.

Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt, Canestrino added.

The woman was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital, where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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