Tracy man killed in Altamont crash
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Jul 19, 2013 | 12408 views | 7 7 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 22-year-old Tracy man was killed when he collided with a tractor-trailer at more than 90 mph on Altamont Pass Road on July 11, according to police.

Gregory Bailey, a 2009 graduate of West High School, was driving east in a 1999 Buick Regal around 11 p.m. when he allegedly crossed the double yellow line of the two-lane roadway and went into oncoming traffic, according to Steve Creel, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol Dublin office.

Bailey struck a tractor-trailer, which was carrying garbage to a local landfill just east of Dyer Road, Creel said on Tuesday, July 16.

Dyer Road is about 7 miles from Grant Line Road, according to Google maps.

According to the highway patrol, the crash killed Bailey and injuried the tractor-trailer driver.

“The impact caused fatal injuries to the driver of the car (Bailey) and minor injuries to the big rig driver,” he said.

The truck driver, who was believed to be traveling at the posted speed limit of 45 mph, was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries.

Emergency responders needed more than an hour to free Bailey from his car, Creel said. He was declared dead at the scene.

Investigators believe Bailey was traveling more than 90 mph at the time of crash. Creel said they are still trying to determine why he crossed into the westbound lane.

Officers are interviewing witnesses, Creel said.

At the time of his death, Gregory Bailey was living in Tracy with his parents, Jamie and Steven Bailey.

Jamie Bailey said her son, always known to have a smile on his face, “loved life.”

Bailey played numerous sports as a teenager in high school and enjoyed snowboarding as an adult.

As a member of a close family, Bailey spent time with his two older brothers, Gabriel and Gerrod, and enjoyed taking pictures of himself, relatives and friends, according to his mother.

Bailey graduated from the College of Southern Idaho in 2012 and worked as an events planner for Levy Restaurants at the Oracle Arena during the America’s Cup races in San Francisco.

A memorial service begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 S. Central Ave. A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Tracy Elks Lodge, 6400 11th St.

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July 19, 2013
I feel for the survivors who must bear the cross of their loss. This was an unfortunate and preventable lesson in life and death.

Every travesty bears lessons for the future but, unfortunately those who forget the past are condemned to repeat the past.

Lots of things could have been done to prevent this accident. Obeying the maximum speed limit of 50; not crossing a double solid line; passing when it was unsafe to do so or, putting life's trust in four tire pads which are no bigger than the palm of your hand.

Whatever the case. Second guessing what occurred or hoping alcohol wasn't involved is a mute concern or issue at this point. History has been written and from it we have the chance to learn and square our own actions.

My challenge to everyone is this. Rather than cast stones and second guess this young man and his last moments of life. Take what is or proven and share it with those you love and care about. If you do, maybe this story and this young mans death won't be in vein and this story won't be repeated.
July 19, 2013
It is so very easy for us to make assumptions about why this young man was driving so fast. We may never know why. Instead, let's pray for him and his family while they go on without him.
July 19, 2013
I think that the statement "investigators believe that bailey was traveling 90 mph at the time of the crash" says more than enough. Lets hope alcohol wasn't involved.

I do pray for him and his family.

July 19, 2013

I get praying for the family that they find strength to go on but what's the point in praying for him? He is already gone.
July 19, 2013
Very sad but could've been prevented if the young man wasn't so impatient.
July 19, 2013
There is nothing in this article that says anything about the young man being impatient. Speeding doesn't necessarily mean the driver was impatient. The CHP is investigating this accident. Wait until it's completed before you make assumptions.
July 20, 2013
I agree. He may have been impatient or maybe not. Who knows. Maybe he fell asleep and his foot pressed down on the accelerator harder while he was asleep.

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