LODI, CA - Sickened by a horrific car collision Tuesday evening that claimed five members of a local family and an unborn child, some Lodi residents have started a city-wide garage sale to raise funds for funeral costs for the Miranda family.
STORY: 3 children among those killed in Lodi multi-vehicle crash
News10 has confirmed that a group called Lodi Strong is collecting items for the Nov. 2 garage sale at St. Peter's Church on Lower Sacramento Road. Donated items will be accepted at Another Level Cross Fit, 1205 E. Vine Street, Lodi Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Additionally, Lodi Strong has established a bank account to accept cash donations. The information is Bank of America, account number 164101464630, routing number 121000358.
Crash Investigation Update
Lodi police have not released an official report of the collision involving six vehicles because they are still determining exactly what happened.
A GMC Yukon involved in the crash was seen by witnesses traveling at a high rate of speed and swerving in and out of traffic right before the wreck at South Ham Lane and West Vine Lane. Witness Erin Andrew said the driver was talking on a cellphone.
The SUV is registered to a 78-year-old Lodi man who is in the hospital after cancer surgery. Relatives of the man say the person driving the SUV definitely did not have permission to be behind the wheel.
According to Landie Moser, the 28-year-old man driving the Yukon is the son of his father's caregiver.
"I believe he took the keys," Moser said.
News10 went to the home of the elder Moser's caregiver. The caregiver said her son was driving the Yukon and is in the hospital with serious injuries.
When asked how serious the injuries were, she replied, "He's not ok."
Moser said his father is furious that his Yukon was being driven without his knowledge.
"He needs to be prosecuted and go to jail," Moser said.
Police are not yet confirming the identity of the driver.