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Posted: Monday, March 9, 2009 10:00 pm

A 63-year-old Lodi man died Monday after involvement in a three-vehicle crash on Lower Sacramento Road in south Lodi.

Gary Eugene Lewis was driving a 2008 Honda Civic south, north of Eight Mile Road at 10:03 a.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Angel Arceo.

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  • posted at 12:16 pm on Thu, Mar 12, 2009.


    There is a mistake Lodi News Sentineldid not write the last two enteriesDSK did.

  • posted at 12:00 pm on Thu, Mar 12, 2009.


    I know that God sent this angel to the Lewis family to make the truth of the accident known. I know because Garys wife was an angel to me thirty years ago when I need one most. You see what comes around goes around, and God is faithful to the children of men. I Love You, Angel.

  • posted at 11:58 am on Thu, Mar 12, 2009.


    DSK: I noticed the words, Report Abuse between each entry that was made on the Reader Feedback in regards to the accident and death of a dear friend on mine, Gary E. Lewis. So Id like to report an abuse, the statement, This is one in the WIN column for the Slow Pokes! I don't know about you but I go with the flow and make space for steering out of the way. This guy sounds like someone who was destined to perish on Highway 12. Who knew? " This statement is not only abusive, but it is also cruel. Id like to say to this gentleman, Sir, have you ever heard of the statement what comes around goes around. You may think that you are a model citizen, because you go with the flow and make space for steering out of the way, but your statement is way out of line, and you need to make a clear apology to the Lewis family. It appears that you have some underline anger issues that need to be checked and that you arent the model citizen you think you are. I know that God sent this angel to the

  • posted at 9:28 am on Thu, Mar 12, 2009.


    one more thank you to everyone, it's time to put this to rest, i won't be checking this anymore, time to let the heeling begin, life goes on, it's just gonna beat alittle bit diferent now. god bless everyone. i find alot of comfort knowing my father is raising hell up there with three of his best friends. fred alberg,of course steve felkins, and gene heiden. R.I.P. dad your in a better place now i know

  • posted at 9:15 pm on Wed, Mar 11, 2009.


    danielmike i believe we have emailed back and forth about when i first met your father. Though i may be a sranger to you i have open ears and heart if you ever want to talk. I also lost my father 18 years ago, it seems like it was yesterday, he was my best friend. I know the gambit of feelings you will go thru. Im here if you need me. You have my email addy. With much love Cindy

  • posted at 6:01 pm on Wed, Mar 11, 2009.


    nativelodian thank you.

  • posted at 5:52 pm on Wed, Mar 11, 2009.


    thank you army wife & god bless you

  • posted at 5:48 pm on Wed, Mar 11, 2009.


    thanks again for the kind thoughts,sweatty,kandy,um thank you...gosh damn it george its been along time,me & mom were just talking about you not even a week ago, i'm at lost for words right now.I may of lost my father to something senseless but ive also gained a new friend,she was with my father in his final moments. knowing he wasn't alone for one minute has helped us get threw this so much.she is amazing..umm (to many distractios & thoughts)i get to thnking about something & forget what i was talking about. so i'll wait for a better time.i would like to ask everyone to egnore the neg. talk & don't respond to it,it doesn't bother me one bit.george we will get threw this & i will find out the truth not just for my father but for my son who's lost something more then all of us,anyone that has ever seen them two together knows what i'm talking about, there's is no rite way when it comes to trying to explain something like this to a six year old.

  • posted at 4:08 pm on Wed, Mar 11, 2009.


    Sandy, kids,and family, god bless you during these difficult times. We have been like family for 40 years. Through the good and bad, we have been beside and cared for each other. That type of friendship and love is hard to come by. The people saying the negative non caring things don't have or know the frieship and love we all have shared. Stand tall and proud of the MAN and LOVE you shared all those years. Gary was a gteat man as you are a lady. You will get through these tough times with the love and support of your kids.family and friends. As one of those friends I don't have to hide behind a sign-on name. George Sweat will always care for You and Gary even if I have been in Bakersfield for the last 17 of our 40 years of friendship.Thanks for our friendship.SWEATTY in Bakersfield

  • posted at 2:00 pm on Wed, Mar 11, 2009.


    The Lewis family have been close family friends for well over 30 years. My heart aches for Sandy, Michael, Daniel, Tim and for the loss I also feel because I love this family very much. The mentality of the people who write such insensitive things during such a tragic time amazes me. People are so quick to judge and to find fault before they even think of considering the pain this tragedy has caused. I guess I shouldn't be surprised because my son was beaten about 2 years ago and ended up with 5 broken bones in his face. When it was published in the News Sentinel, I logged on to see people commenting about how his parents were the reason, how his parents didn't care about him. It was very painful and very disappointing. At least my son is still with us, and I had that to be thankful for. The Lewis family is dealing with one of the most painful experiences imaginable and it would seem to me that those of you who have nothing nice to say should just keep your worthless opinions to yourselves.

  • posted at 1:36 pm on Wed, Mar 11, 2009.


    The Rose Still Grows Beyond The WallNear shady wall a rose once grewBudded and blossomed in Gods free light,Watered and fed by morning dew,Shedding its sweetness day and night.As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,Slowly rising to loftier heightIt came to a crevice in the wall,Through which there shone a beam of light.Onward it crept with added strengthWith never a thought of fear or prideIt followed the light through the crevice lengthAnd unfolded itself on the other sideThe light, the dew, the broadening view,Were found the same as they were beforeAnd it lost itself in beauties newBreathing its fragrance more and moreShall claim of death cause us to grieveAnd make our courage faint or fallNay, let us faith and hope receiveThe Rose Still Grows Beyond the WallScattering fragrance far and wideJust as it did in days of yoreJust as it did on the other sideJust as it will forever more.Author: UnknownMy thoughts and prayer to the Lewis family, Tami Monson Sponaugle

  • posted at 8:17 am on Wed, Mar 11, 2009.


    First off, my deepest condolences go out to Sandy and the rest of the Lewis family. They have always been the best people and will always have a special place in my heart. That being said, I would like to add my name to the list of people defending Gary during this horrible time. First, if you actually READ the article, it mentioned that he APPEARED to have passed on the right and RETURNED to his lane. This being said, his "illegal passing" is irrelevant if indeed it did happen since the word APPEARED was used. The article also mentioned that the van pulled in front of him, no fault of Gary's, after all, how many times has this happened to any one of us? Third, if you read the comment rules, it specifically states to NOT post personal attacks, insults, or threats. Don't we all have better things to do than to tear eachother (and an innocent family) apart when those instigating these attacks oviously are lacking the elementary ability to read the english language? In closing, Sandy, you know what kind of a man Gary was thats all that matters.

  • posted at 4:08 am on Wed, Mar 11, 2009.


    But of course, it it a tragic thing and I am very sorry for the family. The old narrow roads around the Delta region invite these sorts of things. There is absolutely no room for taking chances of any type.

  • posted at 3:54 am on Wed, Mar 11, 2009.


    From the story above, it sounds like this Honda went flying by another vehicle -ILLEGALLY- on its right, using the shoulder. And the mini-van had no idea the Honda was coming- the Honda came out unexpectedly, out of nowhere. ...Looks like it was a sad and stupid mistake with Darwinian results.

  • posted at 3:50 am on Wed, Mar 11, 2009.


    danielmike i first want to give you my heart felt condolences. I think you should have this investigated further. I knew Gary for over 26 years and stupidity was NOT ONE of his traits. There is no where to pass on the right hand side unless you want to end up in a ditch. I think some lies have been fabricated and Gary will be vendicated.My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family

  • posted at 6:49 pm on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    thanks again for all the kind thoughts. as for the insensitive ones i've always been out spoken about things and they have a rite to there opinion. if theres any truth to whats being said then the its a good thing no one else was hurt, i found it hard to belive my father would be driving this way,after looking at where it happened made me doubt it even more. its the reason i reached out for help with any information. i was contacted by a person that witnessed the entire accident. That person is just as upset by what the article is saying. Once the CHP has finalized the investigation, that I'm sure the story will change. at this point i know there was no one turning into the church. 100%.where the passing on the rite came from or occured even if it happened at all, i do know it didn't happen anytime close to the accident. i believe after speaking with the witnees my father was being passed by the van that then clipped the front of the car sending him spinning into on coming traffic. further investigation will bring out the truth. oxoxoxo

  • posted at 6:33 pm on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    Gary alway had a smile and a hug. He loved to make people happy. He always wanted to help everyone out no matter what. If you needed someone one to help he was first in line. I will never believe he would have done anything to hurt another person on purpose!He was the life of the party and alway the one you can count on. Maybe that is way god needed him.

  • posted at 4:56 pm on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    First off; to Sandy, Mike, Lisa, Tim, and all family, my deepest sympathy goes out to you. I am very sorry about the loss of Gary. This is Dave Reiswig, and Gary was always very good to me, ALWAYS. I am also very sorry for these worthless loud mouths making these idiotic statements. You guys dont deserve this. I myself know the difficulties of losing someone very close to u in a car accident. And as for WEEZER, 4ASTRONGLODI, SOCRATES, and the pitiful NOCOMMONSENSE1. You pukes are all a bunch of SENSELESS COWARDS hiding behind a damn computer that think it makes you tough to talk bad about a man who has just been tragically killed, to his loved ones. And not one of u COWARDS is man enough to post your name. I don't know how you can look at yourselves in the mirror. You guys are a joke. Have some respect for the family. The final report is not even out yet, and like Mike said, he didn't even see any marks in the dirt. Keep your disrespectful comments to yourself cowards!!

  • posted at 3:23 pm on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    Sandy, Mike and Lisa....I am sorry these people are saying the things they are. Please know my thoughts are with you.....and don't listen to all the negativity....its obvious people have nothing better to do then hurt other people....

  • posted at 3:18 pm on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    OK commonsense1 If you HAD any common sense you would know to keep you mouth SHUT!! Your comment about "he punched his own ticket" What kind of insensitive person are you....HAVE ANY OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS "PUNCHED THEIR OWN TICKET"...GET REAL... have a heart for these people. LIKE IS SAID BEFORE, have some respect for the Lewis Family...they are dealing with the loss and NO ONE knows the facts of the accident yet....zip you lip!!! Even if he was at fault...you have NO right to make the statement "HE PUNCHED HIS OWN TICKET" he may have had a heart attack or something..who do you think you are...I have never heard of someone as insensitive and disrespectful as you!HOW RUDE....you must not have lost a loved one...cuz if you have you surely would not make the comments you did!! SHAME ON YOU!!!

  • posted at 2:19 pm on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.



  • posted at 1:02 pm on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    To the family I am sorry for your loss and I hope you find some peace in this terrible time.We might never know what really happened and that will not change anything, we just all need to remember to be carefull and aware of our surroundings when we are behind the wheele.

  • posted at 9:03 am on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    I wish everyone would quit being so insenstive. As as for the "slowpoke" comments, if you are being sarcastic about that (which it sounds to me like you are) you should stop and have respect for the family who lost their loved one. As of right now, nobody knows what happened and the only ones that have a right to know is the Lewis Family. Having been in the situation myself losing my husband in a car accident and still do not know what exactly happened this family regardless if it was Mr. Lewis's fault or not, lost a loved one. Keep the negative comments to yourself for the family's sake. Have respect!!

  • posted at 8:08 am on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    thanks dogs4you... it was more of a rhetorical question.As for Lewis hitting the van, my other question is, why did the slowpoke he passed didn't hit the van? It's quite obvious to me that the guy was driving at a *safe* speed, possibly at the 55MPH limit, which to some, is boringly slow.

  • posted at 7:15 am on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    Mike if this did indeed happen the way you state, clearly the driver of the van made an illegal left turn into the church parking lot. Sorry about the loss of your father, but the CHP will have the final say and put the blame on who was at fault. You state your father was in his lane, since you were not there to witness the accident some or all of what you say is purely speculation.

  • posted at 6:59 am on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    It seems as those who drive reckless get into accidents. Lewis did not follow traffic/road safety rules. You never pass a car no matter any circumstances on the right shoulder. It's illegal!!!

  • posted at 6:47 am on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    209 570-5765 opps

  • posted at 6:45 am on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    i'd like to ask if anyone has any information or seen the acident to please give me a call since i can't seem to get any answers from the chp. my father was on his way to see his doctor.it apears he struck the van in the lane the lane he was in & i'm have a hard time finding any marks of where he passed on the right. it seems odd that with all these things happening that the van would of still made the left turn. there should have been dirt flying up everywhere from being in the gravel and so on. i'm wondering if maybe the church had something going on there that made it where the van wasn't able to pull all the off the road.theres not a foot of skid marks that i can see anywhere anti locking brakes work not that well your still gonna see some braking marks.i'm not trying to point blame i'm wondering if this would have been avoidable at any speed. were human acidents do happen. i'm glad to here there were no other serious injuries. any info would be nice 209 579-5765 thank you again mike

  • posted at 6:08 am on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    Hey Weez, no you can`t pass on the shoulder at any rate of speed. Perhaps the person Lewis was passing was just going the speed limit, ahhh 55 I believe, a slow poke.5000 brings up an interesting question, if the church was indeed involved, why was there not a left turn lane needed when the church was on the drawing board, but then it`s a church and possably got a free pass. There are no signs either. What was the almighty thinking?

  • posted at 5:26 am on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    It was not fortunate for Lewis's family that he was killed but thankfully no one else was.

  • posted at 4:33 am on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    Really? They need still need to determine who was at fault? He passed on the shoulder at a high-rate of speed. Fortunately, he only killed himself.

  • posted at 3:41 am on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    Lewis used the right-hand shoulder to pass a vehicle at a high rate of speed and had just returned to the correct lane when a northbound Dodge Caravan turned in front of him...----is it legal to pass using the shoulder?

  • posted at 3:03 am on Tue, Mar 10, 2009.


    I wonder if the van was turning into the church, north of 8 Mile Rd? Why the county did not have the church build a left turn pocket there is a mystery. Even if the county didn't make it a condition in the approval of their improvement plans, you'd think the church would built the turn lane for safety's sake. Very dangerous condition.

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