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Three charged in connection with death of Lodi farmworker

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Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2009 10:00 pm | Updated: 6:43 am, Wed Oct 27, 2010.

Prosecutors on Thursday filed manslaughter charges, as well as civil charges, against three people in connection with the death of a 17-year-old Lodi girl who died after working in the heat in a Farmington vineyard.

Maria Vasquez Jimenez died May 14 of last year of heatstroke, two days after she collapsed while working during a heat wave in which temperatures rose to the mid-90s.

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  • posted at 8:17 am on Fri, Apr 24, 2009.


    Cogito, As I stated, this was not her first time in the fields and I rather think she knew what was expected of her. Trimming vines doesn`t require a PhD. Many people were involved in her death, mainly herself, her boyfriend who could be arrested and charged with a crime since he is an adult and she is a minor. Being 2 months pregnant might have played a part in her demize. I am always against shyster and lawyers, however in this case I hope the owners and contractor hire the best money can by.

  • posted at 7:53 am on Fri, Apr 24, 2009.


    The UFW has been decimated by illegal immigration. Cesar Chavez was a bug foe of illegal immigration because he knew illegals steal jobs from those he represented. Someone needed to step up and take care of this young woman before she went to work. Whether it was her family, friends, or labor contractor, someone should have let her know what to expect.

  • posted at 5:50 am on Fri, Apr 24, 2009.


    A tragedy that could have been averted if only the Mexican girls boy friend and uncle knew what to do. To put her in a van at twice the temp. not the smartest thing to do. Should have called 911 when the girl passed out. She along with her boy friend came from Mexico, most likely illegal and had worked the orchards and fields as they worked their way north, sending tax free money to family`s in Mexico. It is a personal responability for everyone to take care of themselves and bring enough water and proper clothing. Now anyone that does the hiring will have to make sure they are legal, over 18 teen, and sign a form stating they know the conditions they are working under. Field workers are not the only people that work under these conditions, anyone that works out door constructions knows what I mean. It gets hot in the valley during the summer months. Concerning a union, I believe a person named Chavez started one years ago, just what everyone needs, another union. That`s why the UAW and Detroit are out of business.

  • posted at 2:30 am on Fri, Apr 24, 2009.


    Such a tragedy. I have family who works out in the grape fields in Lodi and surrounding areas, and the field owners are more than courteous when it gets to be unbearable (weatherwise). Still, that should not take away from all the violations this company did in regards to this tragic situation

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