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June 11, 2013

Authorities identify Sonora man killed in accident

A Sonora man who died when his car hit a tree has been identified as Thomas Renkel, 46. According to the California Highway Patrol, Renkel was driving a 1983 convertible Porsche south on Highway 49 when the accident happened at 7:18 p.m. Wednesday.

A Sonora man who died when his car hit a tree has been identified as Thomas Renkel, 46.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Renkel was driving a 1983 convertible Porsche south on Highway 49 when the accident happened at 7:18 p.m. Wednesday near Fraguero Road.

The car was going too fast for the winding road, the CHP said, and Renkel lost control of it.

The car started spinning and hit a tree, then overturned, coming to rest on its roof in the road. Renkel was pronounced dead at the scene.

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