Newman man killed in I-5 crash

A Newman man was killed Thursday morning, Feb. 14, in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 5 north of Stuhr Road, authorities reported.

The deceased was identified as 18-year-old Hector Chaidez.

According to a California Highway Patrol news release, Chaidez was northbound on Interstate 5 when for unknown reasons the 2016 Scion he was driving left the roadway and went onto the right shoulder. The vehicle struck an embankment and overturned before landing on its roof, partially blocking the left-hand lane and partially in the center median.

Chaidez was found seat-belted into the driver’s seat. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was raining at the time of the crash, the CHP reported.

The accident occurred shortly after 4:30 a.m.

Comforting Kids benefit approved

The Newman City Council last week approved exclusive use of Pioneer Park on Sunday, June 23, for the annual Comforting Kids car show.

The day-long event features a display of classic cars (with more than 100 possibly in attendance) entertainment and more in a family-friendly, alcohol-free setting.

Organizers will secure liability insurance and additional trash receptacles, as well as picking up the cost of one public works employee to assist with the event.

Newman fire report

Personnel from the Newman Volunteer Fire Department responded to 27 calls for service from Feb. 11-17.

Fire Chief Keith Bowen said the calls for service included 16 medical aid responses, six public assists and five motor vehicle collisions.

West Side weather

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

Monday, Feb. 11: 59/30

Tuesday, Feb. 12: 49/33

Wednesday, Feb. 13: 68/45, with .25 inches of rain

Thursday, Feb. 14: 64/52, with .33 inches of rain

Friday, Feb. 15: 60/38, with .15 inches of rain

Saturday, Feb. 16: 60/40, with .02 inches of rain

Sunday, Feb. 17: 56/36