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Victims of crash identified; ‘black day’ for Lodi, mayor says

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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 9:32 am | Updated: 6:49 am, Thu Oct 24, 2013.

Lodi was reeling on Wednesday from the worst fatal crash in the city’s recent history, as police confirmed that six members of one local family perished in a horrific collision on Ham Lane on Tuesday night. The only family member to survive is a 9-year-old boy, who is still in critical condition at a nearby hospital.

Police had not yet made any arrests in the crash on Wednesday evening, but they have served two search warrants, and witnesses said the crash was caused by a driver who sped down Ham Lane at speeds they estimated at 80 miles per hour while talking on a cell phone.

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10 comments:

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:44 am on Mon, Oct 28, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    May the victims rest in peace. As far as making the intersection more safe? Here in the Phoenix metro area many intersections have been converted into roundabouts. Long touted in Europe as a solution to ease congestion and make the intersections safer.

     
  • Jose Cantu posted at 3:24 pm on Thu, Oct 24, 2013.

    Jose Cantu Posts: 1

    On the basis of the Scriptures three score and ten, this is what the maniacal driver responsible for these deaths should receive: to Stephanie (4), he owes 66 years; to Jose (5) he owes 65 years; to Irving (11) he owes 59 years; to Luis (30) he owes 40 years; to Vivian (31) he owes 39 years; and to the unborn child he owes 70 years.

    The total sentence should be 339 years imprisonment with as much mercy as he showed to his victims when he chose to speed and use his cell phone at the same time. May God have mercy on his soul.

     
  • mike tarnowski posted at 10:57 am on Thu, Oct 24, 2013.

    staplehead Posts: 5

    It is amazing we see all of the the victims names and god rest there soul yet where is the name of the driver?He hasnt been arrested?A investigation?There are witnesses to this awful crash yet the guy that was driving is running free?Why dont we buy him a new car so that he can drive around while the police and DA decide what to do?
    OMG what a joke!

     
  • Jeff Payne posted at 6:55 am on Thu, Oct 24, 2013.

    Jeff Payne Posts: 7

    Tragic poor judgment by a driver. Two questions. Who is the 28-year-old man, and were the victims properly restrained?

     
  • William Dawes posted at 6:34 am on Thu, Oct 24, 2013.

    William Dawes Posts: 115

    I am wondering how the family's car was hit, in the front, side,? We have not heard hardly any details yet, which makes me very curious on this accident. Plus we have not heard the name of the speeder only the deceased. Is the speeder connected to someone? Also I did not hear if the family was in seat belts, young kids in car seats. Was all driver's involved licensed and insured. Cars registered, Etc.? or did we have some illegal drivers. Maybe this speeder already had a suspended license. who knows? where are the details.

     
  • Dave Smith posted at 3:23 pm on Wed, Oct 23, 2013.

    Dave Smith Posts: 2

    It is unfortunate that he cannot be prosecuted for murder. He knowingly broke the law, drove while intoxicated, drove at reckless speeds, and topped it off by being on the phone. He took multiple lives through those decisions and should be prosecuted accordingly.

    This is a very tragic event and my heart goes our the families of those who lost their lives. I am sure that you are in the prayers of many.

     
  • Jaime Quesada posted at 2:57 pm on Wed, Oct 23, 2013.

    jqq Posts: 7

    Breaks mine and my family's hearts...such a huge loss to the family victimized by this accident. Sounds like the driver made it through...has the driver been identified? All rumors are that it was a man, driving an SUV, talking on the phone.

    The injured and deceased are in our prayers...

     
  • Alan Weinel posted at 12:31 pm on Wed, Oct 23, 2013.

    Alan Weinel Posts: 14

    Talking on the phone. I hope the driver is charged with vehicular manslaughter.

     
  • Linda Huffman posted at 11:34 am on Wed, Oct 23, 2013.

    Mee Thinks Posts: 3

    this is a horrible horrible thing that happened and my heart goes out to everyone who was involved, lost their lives, lost their families, those that witnessed it, helped the injured, etc. but i have to comment.. why do people keep talking about it being a bad intersection? if the person was seen speeding down ham lane at tokay st and ended up at the vine street area.... the intersection had nothing to do with it.... it was the idiot speeder who caused it all. it could have happened at tokay street or at park st or at kettleman lane....

     
  • Maricruz Gonzalez posted at 11:05 am on Wed, Oct 23, 2013.

    meluz110790 Posts: 1

    Its just heartbreaking. I am speechless! [crying]

     
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