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Farmington Man Killed In Crash
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Injuries sustained in a vehicle accident early Thursday afternoon claimed the life of a Farmington man, who died after transport to a Modesto area hospital following the incident.

The crash occurred shortly before 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 in the 2200 block of Jackson Avenue, according to Escalon Police.

Billy Ray Lynn, 79, of Farmington died as a result of the crash.

Lynn was driving a Yamaha 2003 V Star touring motorcycle, pulling out of the parking lot of the Escalon Center on Jackson Avenue. A truck towing a boat and trailer was westbound near the intersection of Jackson and Elizabeth when a vehicle in front of that truck made a turn off the highway.

"The motorcyclist was getting ready to turn westbound onto 120, the pick up truck accelerated and the motorcycle came out and hit the left rear quarter-panel of the pick up truck," explained Escalon Police Chief Doug Dunford, noting that it was unclear whether Lynn attempted to get into the turn lane or possibly pulled out too far and struck the truck. "At the point of impact, the bike went one way and the driver was ejected."

The left rear wheels of the boat trailer subsequently ran over him, officials said.

The truck was a 2004 Ford E 350 driven by a 58-year-old Twain Harte man. He and his passenger, a 52-year-old woman from Pinecrest, were not injured.

Dunford said the truck driver pulled his vehicle off to the side after the impact.

"Mr. Lynn was conscious on the scene," Dunford said, adding that he was talking with emergency responders while they tended to him.

He was taken to Doctors Hospital in Modesto but went into cardiac arrest during treatment and succumbed to his injuries, which included multiple major trauma to his torso.

"We shut down the westbound lanes of Highway 120 for about an hour," Dunford said of the rescue operation and follow up investigation.

Lynn had lived in Farmington for the past 10 years and was involved in a number of area organizations ranging from The Over-The-Hill Breakfast Club to the Ben Ali Motorcycle Club. A full obituary for Mr. Lynn appears on Page A3 of this week's issue.