Traffic incidents mar holiday weekend
by PI Staff
Sep 05, 2012 | 2947 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two traffic accidents on Highway 33 in the Patterson area sent two to the hospital and left at least one man dead over the Labor Day weekend.

Mathew Africa, 40, of Oakland died following a vehicle accident Monday, Sept. 3 between his Volkswagen Beetle and a Peterbilt big rig, while Laurie Karp, 70, of Patterson was injured when a pickup hit her while riding her bicycle Sunday morning, Sept. 2, according to California Highway Patrol reports.

Africa was heading northbound in his 2001 Volkswagen Beetle on Highway 33 just north of West Stanislaus Road at about 2:45 p.m. Sunday when he veered off the road for unknown reasons, according to a CHP report. His Beetle hit shoulder gravel, steered back onto the highway and spun in a clockwise direction and into the southbound lane before striking a 2000 Peterbilt driven by Hector Alvarez, 23, of Newman, according to the CHP. Africa was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries while his passenger, Ha Le Cow, 38, of Berkeley was taken by air ambulance to Doctors Medical Center for treatment of what was described as major injuries.

On Sunday just before 10:30 a.m. Laurie Karp, 70, of Patterson was riding her bicycle south on Highway 33 near the shoulder of the road near Fruit Avenue when she allegedly took a left turn into a southbound 1994 Toyota pickup driven by Jose Sanchez, 44, of Patterson, according to CHP officer Eric Parsons. Karp was taken by Patterson District Ambulance to Memorial Medical Center for treatment of multiple cuts and bruises and possible broken bones. Her injuries were listed as moderate and non-life threatening, he said.

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