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Posted: Sunday, November 26, 2006 10:00 pm

A toddler's death on Lodi's Eastside and an auto accident that left one man dead marred an otherwise peaceful Thanksgiving weekend.

A 22-year-old Stockton man died at San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp of injuries received in a crash at 2:10 a.m. Saturday on DeVries Road, just north of Thornton Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

And on Friday afternoon, a 19-month-old Lodi boy was struck and killed by a van operated by a Rancho San Miguel Market employee in an alley between the 300 blocks of Elm and Locust streets. Julio Ruiz was pronounced dead at the scene in the alley, according to Lodi police.

The driver of the van, Adriana Caballero, 21, of Stockton, wasn't arrested, although the Lodi Police Department is investigating the accident.

Saturday's fatal crash took place near the south end of DeVries Road, between Armstrong and Eight Mile roads, according to a CHP report.

A 24-year-old Stockton man, driving a 2004 BMW, was driving south on DeVries Road at a high rate of speed, according to the report. He lost control of the car when he tried to make a sharp right turn, and he crashed into a utility pole, according to the CHP report.

The car rolled several times, and a right-rear passenger, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the car and killed, according to the CHP. Two other passengers, a 22-year-old woman and a 28-year-old woman, were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Stockton after sustaining major injuries, according to the report. A 22-year-old woman was treated for moderate injuries at Dameron Hospital in Stockton, while the driver was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital for minor injuries, the CHP said.

Names of the five people in the car, all from Stockton, were not released.

At 10 p.m. Saturday, seven people received minor injuries during a crash at Acampo and Lower Sacramento roads, according to the Woodbridge Rural Fire Protection District.

The weather remained dry over the Thanksgiving holiday until Sunday afternoon, when rain started soaking the Lodi area, according to AccuWeather, a private forecasting firm.

The Lodi area is expected to see one more day of rain today, including winds of around 10 mph. Today's high is projected to be 55 degrees, with a low of 36 degrees. Tuesday will be cloudy with colder temperatures, especially at night. Tuesday night's low is expected to dip to 32 degrees, followed by 29 on Wednesday night and 34 the following evening. Highs will be in the low 50s.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

First published: Monday, November 27, 2006

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