Lon Rountree, a 77-year-old man from Tracy, was killed when his 1988 Jeep was struck twice at the intersection of Highway 33 and Linne Road around 3:35 p.m. Friday.
According to the CHP, Rountree was traveling alone when he stopped in the southbound lane of the highway — which is also Ahern Road at that location — preparing to make a left turn onto Linne Road. He was hit from behind by a southbound 2011 Dodge Durango driven by a 31-year-old Tracy man with three children as passengers.
The Durango pushed the Jeep into northbound traffic, where it collided with a 2007 Chevrolet Impala driven by a 55-year-old woman from Modesto.
Officers reported that Rountree’s Jeep rolled onto its roof and came to rest on the east shoulder of the highway. Rescue crews got him out of the car but were not able to save his life, pronouncing him dead at the scene.
In an unrelated accident, 52-year-old Christopher Adams of San Francisco was killed when the 2003 Toyota Highlander he was driving went off the road and down an embankment from the northbound lane of Interstate 580, west of Patterson Pass Road, according to the CHP.
Officers reported that Adams overcorrected and lost control after drifting into the center median.
The Highlander traveled through a barbed wire fence and into a dirt field, where it hit the concrete base of an electrical tower.
Adams was pronounced dead at the scene, and his two passengers were taken to San Joaquin General Hospital with unspecified injuries.
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