Solo crash kills two
A Modesto woman and an Oakdale man died late Sunday after their sport utility vehicle missed a curve on Jack Tone Road in Lockeford and crashed into two utility poles as it overturned, the California Highway Patrol reported Tuesday. Trudy Preston, 43, and Frank Canchola Jr., 47, were pronounced dead at the scene. Canchola was driving a 1992 Ford Explorer and Preston was riding in the front passenger seat, according to the CHP. The crash occurred about 10:30 p.m. just north of Dawson Road. The Ford was traveling north on Jack Tone at high speed, and Canchola failed to make the curve, the CHP reported. The Ford went off the east side of the road and struck a utility pole, tearing off the left front wheel. CHP officers said the driver either swerved left or the SUV veered left because of the loss of the wheel. The vehicle continued north and overturned, hitting a second utility pole.
It's spring -- almost
Rejoice! Spring is here. Well, it will be as of 10:48 p.m. today in California. Temperatures are rising and storms are less frequent. That doesn't mean there won't be a spring shower or two, however. For more on the forecast, see Page B-8 or go to www.modbee.com/ weather.
50 YEARS AGO: Judges announced two Modesto High School graduates would reign as the Miss Inboard and Miss Outboard queens for an annual boat show. Kathy Fritz was the winner of the Miss Inboard title and Jackie Stugis would wear the crown of Miss Outboard.
25 YEARS AGO: Foster Farms won the support of Stanislaus County planners for an additional grain silo on its 77-acre feed transfer facility on West Main Street east of Washington Road in the Turlock area.
-- Karen Aiello