Newman man dies in early morning crash

03/18/2014 7:21 AM

03/18/2014 6:21 PM

A Newman man died early Tuesday a single-vehicle, rollover crash southwest of Turlock.

Tony Lee Paxia Jr., 41, was found dead in an oat field near Bradbury and Crows Landing roads after a passer-by saw a portion of his car projecting from the oats about 6:50 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol Officer Eric Parsons.

There were no known witnesses to the crash, but investigating officers who studied skid marks on the road, vehicle debris at the scene and impact points on the car believe Paxia was driving his Ford Focus south on Crows Landing when he veered off the road to the right and then overcorrected. Parsons said it appears the Ford then crossed both lanes of traffic and left the east side of the road, where it overturned several times before coming to a rest in the field.

Paxia was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car. It’s unclear what time the crash occurred, but Parsons said the headlights were out and the battery dead on the Ford by the time the passer-by noticed it.

Drugs or alcohol are not suspected to have been a factor in the crash.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call investigating Officer John Chituras at (209) 545-7440.

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