Fatal crash near Crows Landing

A single-vehicle accident near Crows Landing Monday morning, Feb. 11 claimed the life of the driver and left a passenger with major injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP reported that the accident occurred when the driver of a 2002 GMC, who was westbound on Crows Landing Road west of Morris Road, allowed the vehicle to travel off the south side of the roadway on a right-hand curve.

The vehicle overturned and struck an almond tree before coming to rest on its wheels.

The driver, a 47-year-old Antelope man, was partially ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. He was not immediately identified, pending notification of next of kin.

A female passenger, 24-year-old Frankie Farwell of Orangevale, was ejected from the vehicle and found lying on the shoulder of the roadway.

She was transported to Memorial Medical Center.

Neither occupant was using safety restraints, the CHP stated.

The CHP said alcohol and/or drugs are believed to be a factor in the crash.

Newman fire report

Personnel from the Newman Volunteer Fire Department and West Stanislaus Fire Protection District’s Newman station responded to 14 calls for service from Feb. 4-10.

Calls included eight medical aid responses, two alarms, two motor vehicle collisions, one vehicle fire and one public assist.

Fire Chief Keith Bowen said both accidents, one Feb. 9 on Highway 33 near Inyo and one Feb. 6 at Crows Landing and River roads, were non-injury.

West Side weather

Newman resident Marge Carvalho, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported the following high/low temperatures and precipitation for the past week. Readings for the previous 24-hour period are taken at 5 p.m. daily.

Monday, Feb. 4: 56/46, with .55 inches of rain

Tuesday, Feb. 5: 55/35

Wednesday, Feb. 6: 58/30

Thursday, Feb. 7: 60/30

Friday, Feb. 8: 57/35, with a trace of rain

Saturday, Feb. 9: 50/40, with .21 inches of rain

Sunday, Feb. 10: 57/49, with .53 inches of rain