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Lodi man killed by metal bar on Interstate 580 in Livermore

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Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 12:00 am

A 33-year-old Lodi man died Wednesday morning after being impaled by a metal bar that sliced through his windshield while driving along Interstate 580 in Livermore.

Michael Cox, who recently moved from Rocklin to Lodi, died of multiple blunt injuries, according to the Alameda County Coroners Officer.

Officers responded to a 2003 Volvo sedan partially in the center divide and dirt embankment along I-580 near Grantline Road, according to California Highway Patrol. Inside the vehicle officers found that Cox had been struck in the head and upper body by a four-foot metal bar, likely used to secure loads on the back of flatbed trailers, which flew through his windshield, according to CHP.

Cox was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police believe Cox was killed by the pole and not the subsequent crash.

CHP is looking for any witnesses, who are asked to call the Dublin CHP office at 925-828-0466.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:44 am on Mon, May 27, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    My prayers are with you, Krystal, and it saddens our neighborhood to lose a wonderful husband and father like Mike. My prayers are with you and your family and those of us involved in our neighborhood watch group that were in attendance with you and Mike and your lovely children will assist you in any way possible.

  • Jose Sanborn posted at 1:19 pm on Fri, May 24, 2013.

    Jose Sanborn Posts: 34

    Such a sad and tragic event that could have happened to anyone. My prayers and condolences to the family.

  • Ed Ojeda posted at 10:11 am on Fri, May 24, 2013.

    Capteo Posts: 15

    20 years ago, I was northbound on I-5 in Stockton. I also saw a 4-5 ft metal bar fly in the air and impale itself in my left hood gap. A few feet to my right and it would have hit the windshield or me. I followed the truck to it's yard in Sacramento but the supervisor there said that I couldn't prove that it was from his companie's truck. Time to get a dashboard camera. Many of these drivers are driving for hours and hours, are tired and don't pay attention to detail.

  • Dani Gilbreath posted at 9:37 am on Fri, May 24, 2013.

    danig Posts: 1

    Mike is well known in medical and rehab community. This devastation expands way beyond Lodi. The news of such tragedy brings great sadness and sorrow to my heart as well as many others. Prayers are sent to his family.



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