Separate weekend crashes take two lives
by TP staff
Feb 26, 2014 | 11173 views | 4 4 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend | print
California Highway Patrol has released the identity of two men killed in unrelated Tracy-area crashes during the weekend.

Lon Rountree, a 77-year-old man from Tracy, was killed when his 1988 Jeep was struck twice at the intersection of Highway 33 and Linne Road around 3:35 p.m. Friday.

According to the CHP, Rountree was traveling alone when he stopped in the southbound lane of the highway — which is also Ahern Road at that location — preparing to make a left turn onto Linne Road. He was hit from behind by a southbound 2011 Dodge Durango driven by a 31-year-old Tracy man with three children as passengers.

The Durango pushed the Jeep into northbound traffic, where it collided with a 2007 Chevrolet Impala driven by a 55-year-old woman from Modesto.

Officers reported that Rountree’s Jeep rolled onto its roof and came to rest on the east shoulder of the highway. Rescue crews got him out of the car but were not able to save his life, pronouncing him dead at the scene.

In an unrelated accident, 52-year-old Christopher Adams of San Francisco was killed when the 2003 Toyota Highlander he was driving went off the road and down an embankment from the northbound lane of Interstate 580, west of Patterson Pass Road, according to the CHP.

Officers reported that Adams overcorrected and lost control after drifting into the center median.

The Highlander traveled through a barbed wire fence and into a dirt field, where it hit the concrete base of an electrical tower.

Adams was pronounced dead at the scene, and his two passengers were taken to San Joaquin General Hospital with unspecified injuries.

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March 05, 2014
I meant for the rest of his life. True reality
March 05, 2014
No sorry in our government all you will see is this person on a new comercial explaining how sorry he is and how for the rest of hide he will be tortured with this memory of killing someone. Well isn't this enough punishment just a slap on the wrist and a small fine back to driving and talking on the cell
February 28, 2014
I sure hope the careless driver that started the crash with Lon Roundtree is charged with homicide. I also hope that person loses everything they own and it all goes to Roundtree's widow. I understand this idiot was speeding AND talking on his cellphone as he plowed into and KILLED Mr. Roundtree. This entire incident was PREVENTABLE!! People, put down your damn cell phones and pay attention when you are driving!!
March 17, 2014
Actually it was 3 cars, and it was a lady, that hit him first that his car flipped.The other car passengers all had to get some type of surgery,the lady that caused it walked out perfectly fine while my grandfather died.

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