WOMAN BURNED IN CRASH: A woman pulled from a fiery weekend crash in Modesto remains in critical condition at the University of California Medical Center in Sacramento, where she is being treated for burns. Lindsey Bowers, 23, of Modesto was driving east on Mount Vernon Drive about 12:30 a.m. Saturday when her car crashed into a tree near Tully Road, police officer Michael Amarillas said Monday. The car caught fire with Bowers trapped inside, he said. A man who lives nearby tried to douse the flames with his garden hose while another bystander sprayed the car with a fire extinguisher, he said. Firefighters put out the fire, then pried the car open to remove Bowers, Amarillas said. She was treated at a local hospital before being taken to the burn unit in Sacramento.
CORONER IDENTIFIES BODY IN CANAL: The Stanislaus County coroner's office has identified a man whose body was found in an east Modesto canal early Saturday. An autopsy Monday showed that Alan Andrews, 54, a transient, had drowned, Deputy Coroner Misty Leach said. Two boys walking along a canal about 2:42 a.m. spotted the body against a canal grate at Oakdale Road and Briggsmore Avenue. Modesto police said Andrews was a known transient who spent most days sitting on a concrete slab near where his body was found. Leach said after an item on the case appeared in Sunday's Bee, several people came forward to help identify Andrews and deputies were able to notify his family. "We're really impressed with the community," Leach said. "We had one gentleman who showed up here who worked at (a nearby) Starbucks and wanted to write a letter to the family and help out." Leach said deputies are investigating how Andrews got into the canal, but foul play is not suspected in his death.