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Calexico man's death tied to drowning

April 04, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A man who died when the car in which he was riding plunged into the All-American Canal east of here Monday apparently drowned.

An autopsy conducted Tuesday by Imperial County Sheriff's Office coroners determined Audry Page, 74, of Calexico died of drowning after the car he was in broke through a guardrail near the curve of Barbara Worth and Anza roads and went into the canal.

When Page's body was recovered from the canal he was still strapped into his seat, with his seat belt fastened, Imperial County Coroner's Office Investigator Gary Hayes said.

Hayes did not know if Page had attempted to free himself from the vehicle when it went into the water.

The car's driver, Erika Posada, 27, of Calexico, sustained minor injuries but was able to escape the sinking car through the vehicle's window.

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Posada's car broke through the guardrail after the car's tires drifted off the roadway and Posada overcorrected in an attempt to get back onto the road.

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

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