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.”