A Lodi man died in a head-on collision on Hutchins Street on Thursday night, and Lodi police say they may never know how the crash occurred.
According to Lodi Police Sgt. Shad Canestrino, witnesses said they saw a 53-year-old Lodi man driving his white, four-door 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier north in the southbound passing lane of Hutchins Street when he struck another vehicle just north of Brandywine Lane at about 8:40 p.m.
The Cavalier struck a blue 2010 Toyota Scion driven by a 23-year-old Stockton woman that was driving south, Canestrino said.
He said police do not know why the man was driving the wrong way.
“We do have witnesses who said they saw him driving north in the southbound lanes from either Century Boulevard or Wimbledon Drive,” Canestrino said.
He said witnesses believed the man was driving between 40 and 50 miles an hour, which is the typical speed along Hutchins Street.
Canestrino said neither driver was wearing their seatbelt at the time of the collision.
The woman was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The Cavalier’s driver was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:40 p.m., Canestrino said.
The man’s identity has not been released, pending notification to his family. Canestrino said the San Joaquin County coroner should notify the victim’s family in a few days.
Hutchins Street was closed for about three hours, and the scene was cleared shortly after midnight, he said.
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