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Posted: Monday, August 6, 2007 10:00 pm

One man died and another received major injuries Monday afternoon when a driver lost control and crashed into an electric pole on New Hope Road in Thornton, starting a small grass fire.

The passenger was still seat belted into the Honda Civic and was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver was taken from the scene by medical helicopter, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Authorities suspect alcohol and excessive speed were involved, Sgt. Chris Carr said.

By early Monday evening, neither man's name was released. The driver had no identification on him and the vehicle was registered to a female Stockton resident, Carr said.

The driver was headed west near Kost Road around 2:15 p.m. when he reached a left-hand curve but continued straight, Carr said. The right side tires drifted onto the shoulder, and the driver then apparently over-corrected across the southbound shoulder.

A witness talks to Cosumnes firefighters at the scene of a solo-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on New Hope Road. According to CHP Acting Sergeant Chris Carr, the vehicle was traveling westbound, lost control, overcorrected and struck a utility pole. Lines from the pole sparked a grass fire. (Jennifer M. Howell/News-Sentinel)

The green car then hit a utility pole on the passenger's side of the car.

The collision did not break the pole but did make the lines come down, starting a small grass fire along the shoulder, Thornton Fire Chief Vince Tafuri said. The vehicle did not burn.

A Reach medical helicopter took the driver to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where the man's status was not available.

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  • posted at 5:50 pm on Sat, Aug 11, 2007.


    S & W 500: Right on!

  • posted at 3:22 pm on Thu, Aug 9, 2007.


    Do not drink and drive! If you want to get hammered, stay at home.

    If you DUI & harm my family, I will make it my purpose in life to make yours as miserable, and as short as possible.

  • posted at 8:29 am on Thu, Aug 9, 2007.


    Oops! "beer."

  • posted at 7:55 pm on Wed, Aug 8, 2007.


    Seriously!: Isn't that the truth. Maybe there should be a limit at a restaurant and bar... like one drink, period. I know the owners would have fits! Why the hell should people need to drink more than one drink when out at bars/restaurants?? Yep, we'll still have the idiots that drink at home or do it elsewhere, but can't we curb these murders just waiting to happen due to these drunken choices??? Makes me crazy! This guy was smashed at 2:00 in the afternoon! MY GOD!

  • posted at 1:05 am on Wed, Aug 8, 2007.


    cont. We don't have enough police to man each establishment that serves, to check the drinkers for legal limit when they leave. Even if we did, some fool would call ACLU to defend his or her right to drive and kill themself or others while drunk. We live in a selfish and cruel world. Sadly, as long as irresponsible people drink and drive, people will die. People do not respect the laws of the land.

  • posted at 12:59 am on Wed, Aug 8, 2007.


    Lodian,when enough people die, I guess it MIGHT stop. Because the government will have to step in. How can it stop? As long as people can drive to and from bars and other establishments that serve alcohol? Or drink at home and drive? I was at Chili's the other night, and 2 twenty-something young men were drinking one bear after another, with their dinner. It was scary. They were loud and drunk. One of them was going to drive, obviously.

  • posted at 2:09 pm on Tue, Aug 7, 2007.


    Good grief, people, put the drinks down!

  • posted at 7:00 am on Tue, Aug 7, 2007.


    Another idiot out killing people because he chose to drink and drive. When will it ever stop?

  • posted at 6:04 am on Tue, Aug 7, 2007.


    WOW!!! Dude was hammered at 2:15 in the afternoon. I guess the drunks don't come out at night. Make the world a better place. Stop a drunk driver before it's too late. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends.

  • posted at 5:08 am on Tue, Aug 7, 2007.


    Families are grieving for losing people they loved and all because of ALCOHOL. It's got to STOP. I am sorry for those having to deal with the pain.

  • posted at 4:13 am on Tue, Aug 7, 2007.


    We are all so close to death its scary. One second were alive, the next we could be dead. People really need to be careful when driving, or just living in general. God Bless

  • posted at 4:07 am on Tue, Aug 7, 2007.


    people really need to STOP drinkin and driven. to many people have been dieing

  • posted at 2:52 am on Tue, Aug 7, 2007.


    ALCOHOL, ALCOHOL, ALCOHOL!!! Another family is ruined because of alcohol..



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