Elderly man injured in Coffee Road crash

Bee Staff ReportsJuly 8, 2014 

An elderly man suffered minor injuries after crashing his car when he pulled in front of traffic on Coffee Road, across from Downey High School on Tuesday, authorities said.

About 11:30 a.m., 84-year-old Donald Knies was driving a Honda east on Multnomah Drive, which has a stop sign at Coffee Road.

He attempted to turn left onto northbound Coffee but appears to have failed to yield to southbound traffic, said Modesto police Lt. Brian Findlen.

Knies was broadsided by a Buick driven by 32-year-old Sadie Guardado. The Buick continued into a utility pole on the southwest side of the intersection.

The door of the Honda was crushed by the impact, so firefighters had to use tools to help free Knies. He was taken to a hospital by ambulance with minor injuries, Findlen said.

Guardado refused treatment but her passenger was taken to a hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.

“We don’t believe alcohol was a factor and at this point we don’t believe speed was a factor,” Findlen said. “It appears to be a right-of-way violation.”

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