Tracy man killed in head-on collision
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Jul 16, 2013 | 13066 views | 23 23 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A 22-year-old Tracy man was killed when he collided with a tractor-trailer at more than 90 mph on Altamont Pass Road Thursday, July 11.

Gregory Bailey was driving east in a 1999 Buick Regal when he allegedly crossed the double yellow line and went into oncoming traffic, according to Steve Creel, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol Dublin office.

Bailey then struck the tractor-trailer, which was carrying garbage to a local landfill, according to Creel.

“The impact caused fatal injuries to the driver of the car (Bailey) and minor injuries to the big rig driver,” he said.

The driver of the semi was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

In took emergency responders more than an hour to cut Bailey from his car, Creel said. He was declared dead at the scene.

Investigators believe Bailey was going more than 90 mph at the time of crash. Creel said they are still trying to determine why he crossed into the westbound lane.

The crash is under investigation and officers are in the process of interviewing witnesses, Creel said on Tuesday, July 16.

Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

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Apowerz
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July 18, 2013
Other people's sorrows*
Apowerz
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July 18, 2013
Keep the negative comments to your self. He was a very loving kid that did not deserve this. He was ready to be home

After working many hours and many days. Instead of wasting life and feeding off other people's approves maybe you should get up and do something else with your life. For ones who knew Greg and show support I thank you. For the others I say get up and get a life.
JayyKayy
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July 18, 2013
I really hope that this kind of tragedy doesn't happen to anyone close to you rotten people posting such negative comments. An accident is just that...AN ACCIDENT. The presumption and assumptions made on here are mean and unnecessary.

Someone's child died. Jesus.
doors17
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July 18, 2013
I hope the truck driver wasn’t seriously injured and is recovering. It’s unlikely he would have survived if he was driving a regular size vehicle.

This must be traumatizing for all families and friends of each. I send my condolences and prayers to the young man’s family and to those who knew and loved him and best wishes to the truck driver and his family for a complete recovery.

hw1004
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July 18, 2013
Clearly none of you leaving these insensitive comments have seen how many lives Greg has touched.. or else you would know the last thing he was was inconsiderate. He would never intentionally hurt anyone.. and none of you even know what happened, he could of simply not realized how tired he was..

And as perfect as you all are I'm sure you would love to see people making these comments about your loved ones just a week after their passing. We all make mistakes and I'm sure you all have people close to you who have done wrong. So try keeping your disgusting comments to yourself, or at the least keep from posting them on a public website.
TracyRes85
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July 18, 2013
Condolences to the family, that is much too young a life wasted on a bad decision to drive recklessly.

We all make mistakes. We can ALL learn from them.
TracyCitizen
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July 18, 2013
My kids went to school with this young man and his brothers. Tragic accident. Let's show some respect to his family whose lives will never be the same.

Funeral Info:

Frys Memorial 7-20-13 @ 11am
A_DOGS_LIFE
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July 17, 2013
My Son not only witnessed this accident he also attended west with Greg and worked with him at one time "Greg was a good Kid" sometimes we all do something that will change our future as this did in so many Lives in his family and his friends. FYI Hwy 580 East Bound was closed due to another accident being Investigated and Cleared. Accidents can happen to anyone How many time's am I passed on the Highway by someone doing 80 or better in a 65.

To Greg's Parents Our condolences and Prayers go out to your family I have a 16 and 22 year old at home and don't know how I would survive without my kids However Life must go on. I'm sure we will see your family on saturday..
mtrew
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July 18, 2013
Yes accidents can happen to anyone at anytime. Thank you for the information about the freeway. All we can do now is have a dialogue with our kids and love them each and every day.
joanbisch
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July 17, 2013
Does anyone know when and where Greg's funeral will be held???

Am appalled at some of the comments made here.

landingapproach
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July 17, 2013
AlexandraFaye - go ahead and practice your sermon else where please. Bottom line what do you expect when a careless, inconsiderate person drives 90 mph on a busy freeway, next to cars that contain families and kids. Seriously, be real. When you live dangerously you pay the consequences.... which he did unfortunately. So please stop picking on people who are exercising their right to freedom of speech.
AlexandraFaye
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July 18, 2013
Practice my sermon elsewhere? Yet you're going to practice your "freedom of speech" by calling someone who has recently passed inconsiderate? His actions may have been careless, and sure consequences have been a result, but you do not know him or his family to sit behind a computer and say he is inconsiderate. Clearly, I was not picking on anyone but sticking up for someone who was being picked on, exactly why the editor removed a great amount of previous comments similar to yours. Do yourself a favor and take your own advice, by taking YOUR sermon elsewhere. RIP Greg, you were such an amazing person and those that had the opportunity to know you will forever be touched by your light.
melissajeane18
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July 17, 2013
Those of you who have led a perfect life, go ahead and cast the first stone.

Until then... let's only write positive comments since it's a tragic event for the family.
victor_jm
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July 17, 2013


No one is perfect.

But let us differentiate between decisions that have the immediate potential to harm or kill and those that don't.

Yes, the death of this young person is tragic.
mtrew
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July 17, 2013
Very sad indeed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. The best thing that could come out of this is to remind our kids about driving safely. Take the freeway late at night not the back roads. Stay within 5 mph of the speed limit. If you are tired, pull over and rest. Take this time to re-educate your young drivers of the responsibilities and perils of driving and make sure you tell your kids how much you love them every day.
justsayyying
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July 17, 2013
90 mph on Altamont Pass Road? And investigators are still trying to determine why he crossed into the westbound lane?
mrmnfallacy
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July 16, 2013
...yet another kid who thought he was driving a video game. Fortunately nobody else was hurt or killed as a result of his carelessness
anonym79
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July 16, 2013
You shouldn't judge this kid when you don't even know him. We don't have all the details of the incident so we don't know what exactly happened. It is fortunate that no one else was killed but this person was a great kid and will be truly missed.
AlexandraFaye
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July 16, 2013
Excuse me, please keep your opinion to yourself rather than post an insensitive comment on the Internet.
tracyresdnt
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July 17, 2013
90 mph is plenty of information to be able to form an opinion or come to judgement. Unless perhaps his speedometer was malfunctioning and he thought he was only doing 85 on Altamont pass road.
mrmnfallacy
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July 17, 2013
...great kids don't drive 90 mph while putting almost everyone else at great risk of injury or death as a result of his reckless, irresponsible, negligent, and reprehensible behavior from someone who had about only 5 years of driving experience. Learn from this tragedy kids. Doing this will help keep you from becoming another statistic
fmaowpef
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July 17, 2013
"You shouldn't judge this kid when you don't even know him. We don't have all the details of the incident..."

Nope, it's quite clear.
victor_jm
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July 17, 2013
For some unknown reason, this “great kid” (?) decided he needed to put his life and the life (lives) of others at risk.

Inconsideration behind the wheel, while driving a vehicle, can kill.

Every day, people are inconsiderate. People are selfish. People dismiss the potential consequence(s) of their actions.

This person, because of his decision, behaved insensitively.

But all is alleged at this point



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