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Car crashes into train in Downtown Lodi

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Christine Leach

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 2:15 pm | Updated: 7:44 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A Lodi woman was taken into custody Friday afternoon after she allegedly crashed her car into a train, sending her young daughter to the hospital.

According to the Lodi Police Department, at approximately 2:05 p.m. Lodi resident Christine Leach, 42, had been stopped in her white Chevrolet Malibu behind several vehicles that were going west on Pine Street at the railroad tracks in Downtown Lodi. The crossing arms were down.

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  • Kim Lee posted at 4:20 pm on Wed, Oct 12, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Trista Aquino: You're right. It must have been so horrifying for this little girl as she watched her mom drive into a moving train. Frightening! Poor little one. I hope she is doing better today. I am sure this is something that will stay with her forever. Bless her heart.

  • trista aquino posted at 11:33 pm on Sat, Oct 8, 2011.

    trista aquino Posts: 119

    Completely helpless, cant move, jump out, open a door, yell for help, run away...can you imagine what it must have been like to be stuck like that, seatbelted into the back of a car thats driving right towards such a gigantic, fast moving, horribly loud thing?

  • Leesah Ahalt posted at 11:05 pm on Sat, Oct 8, 2011.

    tracytransplant Posts: 1

    I think it's important to remember that no one in their 'right mind' would do something like this, with the key words being 'right mind'. This is totally out of character for her, even on her worst day. No one was with her except for the child she cherished and no one should be quick to judge here. I challenge you all to look in your own hearts for the mercy you would want bestowed upon you... Christine's daughters are beautiful people, and I know one is reading the horrible speculations you are levying against her mother. Your words are hurtful-Shame on you!

  • Frederick Goethel posted at 9:01 pm on Sat, Oct 8, 2011.

    Frederick Goethel Posts: 51

    I hope, in addition to praying for the girl and her mother, everyone keeps the crew of the train in their thoughts and prayers. Although she hit the end of the train, and the crew had nothing to do with it, they still will get suspended until the investigation is complete, have to undergo mandatory drug and alcohol testing and this will wind up in their federal safety records. They were totally inocent bystanders in this but will also pay a price.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 6:53 pm on Sat, Oct 8, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2106

    Kristen, a while ago I was in the paper for buying a 4-wheel bike. On a couple message boards (story was picked up at a few places) there were many jokes about my girth. Recently a poster here attacked me even though I was agreeing with her position. It doesn't matter the topic, some people just like to feel better by putting others down.

  • Megan Houghton posted at 5:08 pm on Sat, Oct 8, 2011.

    Anmorata Posts: 2

    Kristen ,I know this woman i have since i was 9 and shes been having troubles all her life but thats no reason to try and kill ur child and urself......sure its wrong for ppl to call her names but thats how ppl are...everyone will critisise somoene for there actions....and maybe she wanted to be like Casy Anthony....who knows...

  • Kristen Duffy posted at 3:54 pm on Sat, Oct 8, 2011.

    Kristen Posts: 1

    Mixed feelings on this one. My heart hurts for that little girl. And though it might not be popular opinion, my heart hurts for her mother. It saddens me to read all of the comments on here and see that everyone is so quick to condemn this woman, to vilify her, call her stupid, and say all these ugly things about a person they don't know. They don't know her struggles, what is going on in her life. This is someone who clearly needed (and still needs) help, and maybe that is what we should all be praying for instead of tearing someone down when you don't know the circumstances of someone's life.

  • Kim Lee posted at 3:30 pm on Sat, Oct 8, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    I see that this article is now updated and tells us that Leach was arrested at the scene for attempted homicide. I feel for the little girl. She is in my prayers for a speedy recovery. And I hope she ends up in a happy home away from this dangerous mother.

  • Jay Samone posted at 2:17 pm on Sat, Oct 8, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    I also think it might be a typo of some sort. Child abuse charges also fall under PC 273, so it may have been a clerk error. I'm sure we'll know more when she's arraigned next week.......

  • Shari Olsen posted at 12:59 pm on Sat, Oct 8, 2011.

    Shari Olsen Posts: 11

    Jay, thank you for the explanation. I guess it brings more questions than answers though. It is an odd charge with the other charges

  • Jay Samone posted at 10:59 am on Sat, Oct 8, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Shari, PC 273 (a) states, "It is a misdemeanor for any person or agency to pay, offer to pay, or to receive money or anything of value for the placement
    for adoption or for the consent to an adoption of a child. This
    subdivision shall not apply to any fee paid for adoption services
    provided by the State Department of Social Services, a licensed
    adoption agency, adoption services providers, as defined in Section
    8502 of the Family Code, or an attorney providing adoption legal

    I would be wondering why these charges are present. Did she have legal custody of her daughter - if so, was she trying to sell her to someone?

  • Shari Olsen posted at 10:20 am on Sat, Oct 8, 2011.

    Shari Olsen Posts: 11

    These are the charges. I am wondering does anyone know what "pay for Adoption" charges mean? I have never heard that before.

    PC 219 Felony
    PC 219.1 Felony
    PC 273(A) Misdemeanor
    PC 273A(A) Felony
    PC 664/187 Felony

  • Megan Houghton posted at 12:04 am on Sat, Oct 8, 2011.

    Anmorata Posts: 2

    Damn its sad when u know the family.....i remember playing with the little girl in the pool where she lived...i really hope shes ok....im sooo freaking mad at Christine!! her baby girl did not deserve that!! and wouldnt the little barriers be down if a train was going by? wtf is she doing hitting a train!!!

  • Frederick Goethel posted at 8:37 pm on Fri, Oct 7, 2011.

    Frederick Goethel Posts: 51

    She hit the train, which was going north bound near the rear of the train. It was a hopper car located about 10 cars from the rear. She didn't damage the train car, but did leave paint and scuff marks on the underside. The train was unaware that they had been hit. All northbound trains were put on sidings and told to check for damage. This particular train was on a siding just south of Twin Cities Road in Galt when they discovered the damage and called the police. 2 detectives came to the scene, took notes and photos. The train is still "tied down" on the siding in Galt at the current time.

  • todd jones posted at 8:24 pm on Fri, Oct 7, 2011.

    Todd Jones Posts: 6

    She was probably handcuffed later. They first took her to Lodi Memorial, to have her injuries checked out and a blood draw. Once she was cleared, she went to jail.

  • Shari Olsen posted at 8:10 pm on Fri, Oct 7, 2011.

    Shari Olsen Posts: 11

    Lodi police have arrested a 42-year-old mother for attempted murder after her car was hit by a train Friday afternoon in downtown Lodi.

    Lodi police spokesperson Eric Bradley arrested Christine Leach after she allegedly drove her car, with her 5-year-old daughter inside, into the side of a moving train.

  • todd jones posted at 6:51 pm on Fri, Oct 7, 2011.

    Todd Jones Posts: 6

    I heard the woman driver was drunk and hit the train. The train conductor didn't even know that a car had hit the train. She did not try to beat the train, she just plain ran into the train.

  • Account Deleted posted at 4:46 pm on Fri, Oct 7, 2011.

    Jesse Hallum Posts: 57

    There are some seriously stupid people driving around Lodi. I hope the child makes it okay, and is placed with someone with a brain.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 4:38 pm on Fri, Oct 7, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    Or drunk.

    Why else would the PD zip tie her? Of course, not sure why the report did not say handcuffed. Is there a difference? Female driver's wrists were probably so small the cuffs were not small enough.

  • Kim Lee posted at 4:37 pm on Fri, Oct 7, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    I'd like to know why the driver of the car was zip tied and put in the back of a police car.

  • carla anaya posted at 4:12 pm on Fri, Oct 7, 2011.

    carla anaya Posts: 3

    the way it sounds like she was on some sort of suicide mission?? not sure how to take this yet......just feel really really bad for the child and hope that she will recover from all of this

  • Deedee Fitzhugh-Mendoza posted at 3:34 pm on Fri, Oct 7, 2011.

    luvinmykids Posts: 1

    this is really sad ! why do people continue to think they can beat a train , Too many accidents so many lives !!! wth



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