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Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 12:00 am

A crash last month that injured several people including a 2-year-old boy was caused by Lodi Police volunteer Partners, investigators have concluded.

The Partner, 75-year-old Robert Hindmarsch, was cited for failing to yield to oncoming traffic, Lodi police said Monday.

Meanwhile, the other driver was also cited for seat belt violations, said Motor Sgt. Chris Jacobson. That woman, 21-year-old Ashley St. Clair, was not wearing a seat belt and her son was not properly fastened into his child safety seat.

The May 23 collision happened when the Partners' minivan was heading north on Hutchins Street. Hindmarsch turned west onto Wimbledon Drive, into the path of a southbound Mazda 6 sedan. The intersection was blocked for about two hours.

All four people — Hindmarsch's wife was in the van's passenger seat — were hospitalized, and all have since been released.

The citations are infractions, not misdemeanors.

Jacobson, who reviews and writes many collision reports, said the fact that Partners work with police officers was not a factor in the crash investigation. He also said he did not think Hindmarsch's overall driving skills should be questioned.

"I have no indication that this gentleman needs anything done as far as his driving," he said. "We have a legal obligation to the citizens to make sure they're safe and we don't want any lawsuits. We watch the Partners closely and I don't see any reason for a re-evaluation."

The Partners, who are not paid, go through extra driving classes before they are allowed to drive city-owned vehicles.

As for an insurance claim because a city vehicle was involved, St. Clair has six months from the time of the collision to file a claim. That procedure is standard in all claims against government agencies in California, said City Attorney Stephen Schwabauer.

Claims may either be settled or denied. If denied, the claimant may then file a lawsuit.

Schwabauer had not seen reports on the collision and could not comment on it specifically.

Contact reporter Layla Bohm at layla@lodinews.com.

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9 comments:

  • posted at 7:27 pm on Fri, Jun 18, 2010.

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    T & C: The child was in a car seat. Most parents do not have their child correctly fastened in the car seat. This does not warrant an investigation by CPS. You are always so over the top and in the wrong direction. Do you get out of bed head first to the floor?This Partner needs to be evaluated to make sure he is safe to drive, period.

     
  • posted at 9:50 am on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.

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    "The Partner, 75-year-old Robert Hindmarsch....." That's all I needed to read. But, as long as he drives in Lodi, I'm not at risk.

     
  • posted at 4:34 pm on Tue, Jun 15, 2010.

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    T$C, aren't you the idiot that posted the first blog on this original article and said so seriously she was at fault in this accident? And she didn't have a drivers license? You are an idiot.

     
  • posted at 11:14 am on Tue, Jun 15, 2010.

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    Was I the only one who thought this article was about a gay couple involved in a car crash ?

     
  • posted at 7:19 am on Tue, Jun 15, 2010.

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    Meanwhile, the other driver was also cited for seat belt violations, said Motor Sgt. Chris Jacobson. That woman, 21-year-old Ashley St. Clair, was not wearing a seat belt and her son was not properly fastened into his child safety seat.I suppose CPS will NOT look into the matter of "Endangering a child" any more then LPD will!

     
  • posted at 7:18 am on Tue, Jun 15, 2010.

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    Hey! Cut the man some slack! "He's only 75!"

     
  • posted at 4:20 am on Tue, Jun 15, 2010.

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    "I have no indication that this gentleman needs anything done as far as his driving," he said. "We have a legal obligation to the citizens to make sure they're safe and we don't want any lawsuits. We watch the Partners closely and I don't see any reason for a re-evaluation."Really Motor Sgt. Chris Jacobson?! Are you kidding me?! He was found at fault and you don't see a REASON to re-evaluate? Welcome to Lodi, home of the incompetent and ignorant elite Lodi Police Department.

     
  • posted at 4:01 am on Tue, Jun 15, 2010.

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    due to the lodi ave closure...I had to take Tokay st through the ghetto...one of these Geezers ran a stop sign at tokay/ central...I had to brake mid way through the intersection...had he stopped after the intersection like I pointed at him to do....he would have gotten more than a Birdie from me!

     
  • posted at 2:49 am on Tue, Jun 15, 2010.

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    It was just last week I'm headed north on Woodhaven approaching Eilers, when what do I see? A Partners car driven by an elderly man stopped in the northbound lane! Why? It appears that he was turning South on Woodhaven (admittedly not the best intersection; often cars do have to carefully inch out to see both directions, but still can be done safely)and evidently failed to look both directions, neglected to look to his right for on-coming traffic. Sure enough, there was a car headed directly toward him! The Partner had no choice but to stop in the middle of the lane. There were four other cars in the northbound lane headed right towards him! Another accident waiting to happen? Yep! While what they do is noble, I think we, as a community, need to be concerned with the safety issue of an elderly person behind the wheel. Let's be honest, the reaction times decrease dramatically as we age. This is proof. Maybe offer quarterly driving safety courses?

     

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