Sacto 9-1-1
October 22, 2013
Update: Five dead, others critical in Lodi crash

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By Sam Stanton, Tillie Fong and Richard Chang
sstanton@sacbee.com

Police say the death toll from a multiple vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Lodi is at five, with two other victims in critical condition.

Authorities have not officially released the names of the dead, but they appear to be from one family that was in a Ford pickup truck involved in the crash before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The dead include a man in his 30s who was driving the truck, a woman seven months pregnant, a 12-year-old boy, 7-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl. A 9-year-old boy who is a sibling of the dead children is in critical condition.

Also in critical condition is a 28-year-old man who police believe was driving a brown SUV. Witnesses have said they saw a vehicle matching that description speeding with a driver on his cell phone shortly before the crash, which involved six vehicles.

"We don't know exactly what happened. It's a very complex scene," said Lodi police Officer Eric Bradley.

Police said up to a dozen people were injured, in addition to the five dead. Bradley told the Lodi Sentinel that three of the injured were in surgery late Tuesday night.

PHOTO: On Wednesday afternoon, David Yciano, right, and his brother, Joseph, left, grieve for their friend Irving Miranda who died in the traffic accident that left five people dead at Ham Lane and Vine Street on Tuesday evening, Oct. 22, 2013, in Lodi. Police said up to a dozen people were injured, in addition to the five dead. CREDIT: Paul Kitagaki Jr./Sacramento Bee.

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