November 5, 2003
FATAL ACCIDENT IN LODI
The Lodi Police Department is currently investigating a traffic collision that has caused the death of a 10 year old female bicyclist.
On 11-05-03 at approximately 12:33 hours, Lodi Police Department Dispatchers received several 911 calls from citizens advising that a traffic collision had occurred at Lodi Avenue and Stockton Street in the City of Lodi. Dispatchers were also advised that the collision involved a semi-truck and a bicyclist. Emergency personnel were then dispatched to the scene.
Upon arrival, emergency personnel found that the bicyclist, later identified as a local 10 year old girl, had sustained major injuries. The bicyclist was then immediately transported to an area hospital for treatment.
The Lodi Police Departments traffic division, along with the California Highway Patrols Commercial Vehicle Unit, has since started an investigation into the collision. At this point the investigation is in the early stages but the following is known.
A 1997 white Peterbilt semi-truck with trailer was northbound on Stockton Street and stopped at a red light at Lodi Avenue. At some point, the vehicle’s driver began to make a right turn onto eastbound Lodi Avenue. During the course of this turn, he collided with a bicyclist who was also traveling northbound on Stockton Street and approaching Lodi Avenue.
The trucks driver, who was physically uninjured, is identified as 42 year old Victor Vanasse from the City of Galt. The semi-truck is owned by JSG Trucking out of Acampo.
The bicyclist is identified as a 10 year old female from Lodi. The girl has since died from her injuries and her family has been notified.
At this point, the investigation is on-going and specific details as to the cause and/or vehicle positioning prior to the collision is unknown.
As information develops, additional press releases will follow. For further information please contact myself, Public Information Officer Gary Fauth at (209) 333-6727 and/or Officer Chuck Fromm at (209) 333-6727.