Authorities have named the victim of a single-vehicle collision that killed one person Monday night in Lodi.
The San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as 23-year-old Aaron Buckley of Lockeford.
Lodi police responded to Beckman Road between Auto Center Drive and Business Park Drive at around 7:40 p.m. after a report of a single-vehicle accident. At the scene, officers found Buckley’s vehicle resting on a sidewalk against a concrete barrier, Lodi Police Lt. Sierra Brucia said.
Officers believe Buckley drove over a curb and collided with several items, including a pole, tree and the concrete barrier, Brucia said. Police believe speed was a factor in the collision, he said.
Brucia added that he’s not aware of alcohol being a factor in the crash, but that police will have to wait for toxicology reports to make that determination.
The Lodi Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team remained on scene for several hours Monday night.
On Tuesday, a small memorial had been arranged at the crash site, consisting of bouquets of flowers.
By Wednesday night, that memorial grew to include balloons, dozens of candles, vases of flowers and two posters where mourners signed their names and left final messages for Buckley.
As many as 150 people gathered on the sidewalk of Beckman Road to remember their son and friend. Glass fragments crunched in the flowerbed, and dark scrapes on the concrete barrier showed the point of impact. The tree hit by Buckley’s car has been removed.
Paul Buckley, the victim’s father, thanked everyone for paying their respects in the January cold.
“Time is precious,” said Paul Buckley. “Kiss your brothers and your sisters. That hug or that kiss might be the last time.”
News-Sentinel reporter Sara Jane Pohlman contributed to this report.
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