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Lindsay man killed in crash ID’d

A Lindsay man was killed after losing control of his vehicle on Monday.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened just after 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 when a 2012 Kia Rio drove off the north side of Avenue 220 east of Road 236 for unknown reasons. The driver overcorrected and which sent the vehicle back across the road and off the south side of the Avenue 220 where the vehicle crashed into an olive tree.

The driver, later identified as 30-year-old Josue David Gayton of Lindsay, died from the crash. According to CHP, Gayton’s car was traveling beyond the posted speed limit of 55 mph at the time of the accident.

Stephanie Leal, Director of Lindsay Healthy Start Family Resource Center, said Gayton was married to Sarah Gayton, an employee with Lindsay Unified School District’s Food Service Department. Leal said staff members at her office have set up an account for the Gayton family at Bank of the Sierra. Account #0322251980 has been set up at Bank of the Sierra and Sarah Gayton is the designated administrator of funds received for the benefit of Josue Gaytan.


3 Exeter men hurt in bus collision

Three young Exeter men are lucky to be alive after their car collided head-on with a charter bus near Eagle Mt. Casino.

The crash happened at about 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 when Justin McIntosh, 19, of Exeter lost control of his 2000 Saturn sedan while approaching a sharp curve to the left. According to the California Highway Patrol, McIntosh was driving eastbound at an unsafe speed for the curve, allowed his vehicle to drift into the opposite lane where it collided with a 2003 MCI charter bus.

McIntosh was severely injured and transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. McIntosh’s two passengers – 20-year-old Justin Griffie and 21-year-old Joshua Munyon, both of Exeter – suffered minor injuries and were treated at Sierra View District Hospital in Porterville. The driver of the bus, 62-year-old James Hull of Visalia, was not injured and there were no passengers in the bus at the time of the crash.


Exeter man arrested for drinking and driving

An Exeter man was arrested for drinking and driving last week after crashing west of Farmersville.

The accident happened at 10:15 p.m. when Ray Williams, Jr., 25, of Exeter was driving his 1997 Toyota Camry eastbound on Noble Avenue at a high rate of speed. Due to his speed, level of intoxication and slick road conditions due to rain, Williams was unable to negotiate a curve in the road just east of Road 152, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Williams’ car ran off the road, went through the freeway perimeter fence on Highway 198 and overturned several times. Williams, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia for moderate injuries. Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash and investigation is ongoing.

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