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Crash Victim Benefit Slated
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To help defray the cost of funeral expenses for Joyce Cody, who was hit and killed by a vehicle while crossing at the busy First Street/Atchison (Highway 108) intersection in late December, a benefit car wash is planned on Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Sno White Drive In, 3442 Atchison St. in Riverbank.

"Joyce was a long time employee of Sno White and loved by our customers, many of whom have stopped by to pay their respects. This is our way of helping the family cover some of her burial expenses," said Daryl Daniel, Sno White's owner.

In addition to the car wash, local auto enthusiast Scott Pettit is planning a car show. The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and donations of any amount will be accepted. More information can be obtained by calling 869-6833 or stopping by Sno White.

Daniel announced the benefit at the last Riverbank City Council meeting when staff and council members expressed their sympathy for Cody's family and support for the benefit.

City Manager Rich Holmer commented the city has called a highway safety meeting for Feb. 4 and plans to do a field investigation of the accident location and other spots in the city that are judged unsafe, especially for pedestrians.

Vice Mayor Sandra Benitez noted the city has a middle school (Cardozo) located adjacent to the highway and school children trying to cross with no safety device other than a painted pedestrian crossing.

"She did everything correctly..." Mayor Virginia Madueno said of Cody, who was walking her bicycle across the street. "We owe it to her to try and make this community safer for pedestrians... my own son wanted to walk to school and I told him no until we take a hard look at some problems here."

Cody, 46, was hit and killed by a semi truck that was southbound on First Street and making a right-hand turn onto Highway 108 opposite the Shell gas station. Having bicycled eastward across the viaduct, she reportedly had dismounted and was walking her bicycle in the crosswalk across First Street to the gas station. The 45-year-old truck driver from Modesto was not charged at the scene.

The Dec. 30 accident, however, is under investigation by a Modesto Police Department major accident investigation team and a report is expected by month's end.