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Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:00 am

A volunteer Lodi Police Partner and a 21-year-old mother remain hospitalized after they were involved in a collision Monday morning.

Both women are expected to stay in hospitals for another day or two for observation, according to police and family. Meanwhile, another Partner and a 2-year-old boy are no longer hospitalized.

Since the volunteer Partners formed 17 years ago, Monday's crash was the second one involving injuries, according to police officials.

The 10:04 a.m. crash remains under investigation, and it's not known yet when the case will be concluded, said Motor Sgt. Chris Jacobson. That is common for collisions that involve multiple injuries.

The crash apparently happened when a Partners van turned west onto Wimbledon Drive from Hutchins Street and collided with a southbound Mazda sedan, which had the right of way. Southbound traffic was blocked for about two hours while police investigated.

The Mazda's driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered a lacerated liver and was taken by ambulance to Lodi Memorial Hospital. She was then flown by helicopter to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

She was initially going to be held there for about 24 hours, but doctors were concerned about the risk of internal bleeding, so she will remain for several days, said her father-in-law, Eddie Vargas.

The woman's 2-year-old boy was not properly restrained in his child safety seat and received a gash on the head, according to police. Vargas said the boy was in his chid seat but not all straps were fastened. The boy was released from Lodi Memorial Hospital.

Police did not release names of any of the four people involved in the crash.

The Partners' minivan was driven by a male Partner, who was treated and released from the hospital. He reported the crash over his police radio, telling dispatchers his vehicle had been involved in an injury collision and giving his location.

His wife was the other Partner, and she was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Kaiser Hospital in Sacramento. She is expected to remain there for observation for several days, said Jeanie Biskup, who supervises the Partners.

The Partners had moved two radar trailers, then went back out in the minivan on their regular Monday patrol, Biskup said. That patrol includes checking on schools and parks, including checking on each park bathroom, she said. They also serve any subpoenas that need to be delivered.

Not all Partners drive city vehicles — those who do must first pass a defensive driving course put on by the police department. They also go through the California Mature Driver Course, a state-approved program for those 55 and older, which gives seniors a discount on their insurance rates. Certification is good for three years, and they must take it again to continue driving city vehicles, Biskup said.

The department also monitors Partners' Department of Motor Vehicles records for any citations or collisions, Biskup said. Any health concerns or citizen complaints also trigger investigations, she said.

The volunteers drive a total of about 4,000 miles a month, Biskup said. In the 17 years they've been operating, Monday's crash was the second injury collision involving Partners, with the other one happening more than 10 years ago, she said. They have been involved in two fender-benders during that time.

Contact reporter Layla Bohm at layla@lodinews.com.

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  • posted at 1:29 pm on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    dogs4you wrote "Lodian: Drawbacks, no stinking drawbacks."Everything has it's drawbacks.

  • posted at 12:06 pm on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    Lodian: Drawbacks, no stinking drawbacks. Everything under one roof. Great Doctors and staff. I have been with Kaiser for 50 years. No more paper records, any doctor in the Kaiser system can look at your records since they are on a disc, no matter where you are. I have a great plan, where else can you get an Endoscope for a $10 co-pay. It all depends what you like, I like Kaiser. One thing Lodian, how did you know I was a member of Kaiser?

  • posted at 7:28 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    dogs4you: What are the drawbacks to Kaiser?

  • posted at 7:15 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    Pre$$ure: If you say so, I really don`t know any thing about LMH, and from what you say I don`t want to. I belong to a great origination and wouldn`t leave there for anything. All my Doctors actually talk to each other concerning ME.

  • posted at 7:10 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    justme wrote "let's not place blame on the seniors"Then who is to blame?

  • posted at 7:07 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    pmariebrown, wow, don't be releasing the well-kept secret of any names now. The bad thing is the speed limit is either 40 or 45 and it's quite a distance for a southbound vehicle to build up to the maximum speed before reaching that intersection.

  • posted at 7:04 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    dogs, there are a lot of things we'll never know about Lodi Memorial. Isn't one of them their ability through intimidation not to let the nurses organize and attempt to start their own union, or merge with the organized Stockton nurses?

  • posted at 7:01 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    T&C, involving injuries? You can't figure that one out? How many fender benders and complaints?

  • posted at 7:00 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    LodiJoe, Amen to that. Do you not think that the city of Lodi will get her to make a statement and confuse her all they can so they can spin their way out of this accident? I hope she only gives a statement and accident report to her insurance only. For such a long written article, it says different things on different days and the names of these people are so hush-hush. LOL Just ask a few people in town and it won't take long to find out the names. Or check the police or hospital records. Where does the city of Lodi keep these "secret" documents?

  • posted at 6:25 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    That intersection is violated EVERY DAY by persons exiting Wimbledon going southbound on Hutchins. 3 out of 5 persons head directly for the far lane. It is a wonder more accidents are not taking place.I hope the best for all of the injured parties but let's not place blame on the seniors. Right of way or not, people need to be aware of the other cars around them.

  • posted at 5:56 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    I didn't get a chance to personally respond yesterday, I heard I made some spelling and grammar mistakes. So be it. I thought the comments made by "beenthere" and "4astronglodi" were ugly. I should of left it at that. I'm glad todays comments about the accident involving the partners van are heartfelt, human and mature. I know the husband that was driving the partners van must feel terrible. I hope the young mother realizes her mistake also.

  • posted at 5:49 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    Thank God these partners didn't have a more severe accident causing a death.

  • posted at 5:45 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    LodiJoe: Let's put it this way... A vehicle traveling southbound on Hutchins (by Wimbledon Drive) has the right of way over a vehicle that is attempting to make a left hand turn (going to head west on Wimbledon Drive from Hutchins). There is not a stop sign or light. The traffic does not stop at all in this area. The Mazda had the right of way. The partners van should have yielded to the Mazda.

  • posted at 5:33 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    I have seen and been involved in one accident that was much worse that either of those vehicles yesterday. I filled out a police report, though I was late for work. Evidently both females needed extra time in the hospital. The driver of the Mazda had a lacerated liver and I can understand a longer stay in the hospital. I am still bothered by the fact that LMH could not treat everyone involved. And REACH don`t work cheap. Maybe the facts will surface, maybe.

  • posted at 3:12 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    Excellent post, T & C. Accidents do happen and child safety devices are only as good as the people using them. If one doesn't care enough about themselves to buckle up, at least make sure babies and children are restrained properly.One of the first things a lawyer or your insurance company will tell you is never to admit blame until the investigation is finished.

  • posted at 2:59 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    Since the volunteer Partners formed 17 years ago, Monday's crash was the second one involving injuries, according to police officials."Sounds like a very good driving history for "Partners".Accidents are a fact of life.Shame on the mother for refusing to "Buckle up, and More shame for endangering her baby!"Note to Mother: "A baby is helpless and depends on you to protect it. Do your job please!"

  • posted at 2:10 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    To state that the Mazda had the right of way BEFORE the accident investigation was completed is kind of like saying someone is guilty BEFORE the trial. If it turns out that is the case, Lodi will have yet another hefty lawsuit on its hands.

  • posted at 12:16 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.


    Who are these people? You all talked about the cars and whicih one has the right away.



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