Man's SUV flips into ditch
by Denise Ellen Rizzo / Tracy Press
May 03, 2012 | 9143 views | 15 15 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A California Highway Patrol officer searches the Chevy Tahoe for other victims still inside as it hangs above the irrigation canal next to Tracy Boulevard. The car plunged into the canal trapping the driver.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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A 46-year-old Tracy man was seriously injured when the Chevrolet Tahoe he was driving went off the roadway and into an irrigation ditch Thursday, May 3.

The man, whose identity was not disclosed by California Highway Patrol, was driving north on Tracy Boulevard north of Old River and south of the Grant Line Canal around 2 p.m. when his SUV went off the roadway and flipped, said CHP officer Justin Miller. The car landed upside-down in the water.

“He got pitched sideways and then (rolled) end over end,” Miller said.

Police were notified of the crash when a nearby farmer heard the accident and called authorities, Miller said.

Tracy firefighters jumped into the ditch and used the Jaws of Life to cut the man out of the vehicle. When rescuers got the man onto the shoulder of the roadway, he appeared to be unconscious.

“I hope he makes it,” said one firefighter. “He was talking in the car. He said he has five kids.”

The man was taken by ambulance to San Joaquin County Hospital. His condition was unknown.

Inside the car was a child’s car seat, and Tracy Fire Department Division Chief Steve Hanlon said firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to check the water for any more passengers.

No other passengers were found, Hanlon said, and the man’s children were accounted for when authorities reportedly notified his family.

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srh8806
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May 04, 2012
Here is a link for donations for the family for funeral cost, anything helps and is greatly appreciated.

Keep sending your love and prayers to the family

http://fnd.us/c/fJ0y5
alexndria
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May 04, 2012
I am still in shock. Saw his wife's post on facebook...two simple words "He died." I have known this man since we were little kids and all through high school. Reconnected two years ago on Facebook and have become really good friends. His home town community is mourning his passing.
imho71
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May 04, 2012
Broken-hearted to hear this. I know the mom and I can't imagine what this family is going through right now. They need prayers and lots of love. Will be praying. So sorry to hear of this. So very sorry. :(
yib23
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May 04, 2012
I'm sorry to hear the sad news. My deepest sympathy goes to his family.
LoF
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May 04, 2012
I worked with him and can tell you that he was a great person and a loving father who loved his family above all else. My prayers, thoughts and condolences go out to his wife and kids on this day as they try to make sense of this tragic event...
doors17
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May 04, 2012
A co-worker of mine who is friends with this family just told me that he died this morning. He was 46 and leaves behind a wife and 5 kids with oldest being 13 and the youngest not even 2.

My prayers and sympathies to his family and friends.

vgomez209
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May 04, 2012
he ended up passing away last night. please keep his wife and their 5 children in your prayers and thoughts. it is such a horrible loss!!!
jonpaul
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May 04, 2012
Thank goodness he was driving a full size AMERICAN SUV....he would have died if he was driving a Toyota/Honda Etc. You foreign car drivers can keep them...I will continue to drive my BIG gas-guzzler AMERICAN SUV. Thank you.
djaft3rb3ats
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May 04, 2012
you are a complete imbecile.

u want safety? volvo.

why do you make posts like this that are irrelevant to the outcome on the conversation and predicament.

you can continue to be a bigot as much as you like. i laugh at people like you.
Tracygirl123
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May 04, 2012
Tracy Press-what does a picture of his little girls shoe in the brush have to do with this accident? Please think of the family and how images like these on this article will affect them. Please take them down.
grannit
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May 04, 2012
I was thinking the same thing. Bad choice.

RIP amigo!
79`miles-up
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May 03, 2012
That man's Children need their Father! He'll Pull through...
vgomez209
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May 03, 2012
the man in this car is a friend of ours and hes still in critical condition. please keep him in your prayers and thoughts!
doors17
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May 03, 2012
Father of five. Good thing that the farmer heard the accident and immediately called for help.

I'm sure I speak for many here when I say you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers and we send our best wishes for a complete and full recovery.
yib23
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May 03, 2012
Hope he's okay....looks like a terrible wreck. Good job Tracy EMS.


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