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Elderly Man Dies In Solo Crash

A 90-year-old Copperopolis man died in a solo vehicle crash Monday, Oct. 11 while traveling on Highway 108, east of Orchard Road. Emergency personnel arrived on the scene and found a Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by Floyd Matheny on its roof, facing south.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Matheny was traveling eastbound on Highway 108, east of Brady Road when for unknown reasons, the truck collided with a metal pole, causing the truck to overturn. The truck struck a Guy-wire before coming to rest on its roof. The impact caused an electrical wire to land on top of the truck but emergency personnel were able to extricate the driver without incident.

Matheny was transported by ambulance to Oak Valley Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.