Man dies after car plunges into All-American Canal

April 03, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A man died Monday after the car he was travelling in broke through a guardrail and submerged in the All-American Canal east of here.

Audry Page, 74, of Calexico was heading west on Barbara Worth Road in a sedan driven by Erika Posada, 27, also of Calexico, around 9:35 a.m. Monday, according to a California Highway Patrol collision report and press release.

As the sedan approached the curve to southbound Anza Road, the vehicle's right tires ran off the west road edge and onto the dirt shoulder, the report states.

Posada attempted to bring the tires back onto the road but overcorrected, losing control of the vehicle.

The sedan skidded sideways across the shoulder, hitting a wooden guardrail with the right rear part of the car as it reentered the roadway, the report states.


The sedan continued east across Anza Road and hit the wooden guardrail on the east side of the road, breaking through and going into the canal.

The car immediately began sinking as it moved west with the current.

Posada was able to roll down her window, free herself from the car and swim to the north bank.

Page was unable to get out and sustained fatal injuries, the report said.

An autopsy scheduled for today will determine the cause of Page's death, Imperial County Coroner's Office Investigator Gary Hayes said.

Posada sustained minor injuries but was not transported for treatment.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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