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Car in accident traveling ‘freeway speeds,’ witness says

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Jamie McDonald

“He was flying and he was on the phone.”

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 2:38 pm

An eyewitness to a deadly accident that claimed the lives of six people Tuesday evening, said a car was traveling “faster than freeway speed” seconds before plowing into a car carrying a family.

Jamie McDonald, of Lodi, and her husband were preparing to turn onto Ham Lane when her husband slammed on the breaks. A man talking on his cell phone driving a GMC Yukon roared pass on Ham Lane traveling about 80 miles per hour, she said.

“He was flying and he was on the phone,” she said.

McDonald watched the car drive by, then reached for her cell phone and prepared to call police. But by then, the ride was over.

She watched the Yukon strike another vehicle, sending car parts and dirt flying in the air. McDonald and her husband raced to the scene, where mangled cars and lifeless bodies littered the road.

A young boy was slumped through the windshield, on the hood of the car. A man hung out the back.

On Wednesday, Lodi Police confirmed that the six people who died were family members traveling in one car. A 9-year-old boy was the only survivor from the vehicle.

“It’s probably one of the worst things I’ve ever seen,” she said. “I’m shocked. It makes me sick.”

McDonald walked toward the Yukon and saw the driver stuck inside.

“In my opinion, he was the one who caused it,” she said. “Those were freeway speeds.”

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  • Gerard Arell posted at 12:30 pm on Thu, Oct 24, 2013.

    Gerard Posts: 3

    The tragedy is a fact. The life of these beings vanished. Another life is in the struggle of survival to further tragedy. All we judge to who caused this tragedy. Better seek to pray for the deceased find the way of light and that the child who is in critical condition, God decides to leave all his might to take this beautiful child.

  • Steve Russell posted at 4:28 pm on Wed, Oct 23, 2013.

    Oldieman Posts: 1

    If the driver of the GMC Yukon - the one who killed all the innocent people in the other car - never gets out of prison, that will be too soon!

  • Jaime Quesada posted at 3:03 pm on Wed, Oct 23, 2013.

    jqq Posts: 7

    No I am angry...why is this driver not named? Who is he? We all know the names of the family memembers. Why don't we know of the monster who killed this family and left one orphaned?!



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