Exeter man killed in 3-car collision

An Exeter man was killed on Nov. 5 in a three-car accident.

Richard Cole, 77, of Exeter was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:13 p.m. following the accident at Road 180 and Avenue 280.

Cole's 1995 Chevy Blazer was stopped heading southbound on Road 180 when his Blazer pulled out to make a left turn eastbound on Avenue 280. The Blazer was T-boned on the driver side by a 2003 Dodge Durango heading westbound on Avenue 280.

The Blazer flipped into the air and landed in the middle of the intersection and continued skidding and collided with a 2003 GMC Yukon. The impact forced the Blazer into a steel pole fence where it finally came to rest.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Cole was not wearing his seatbelt. Cole was a veteran of the Navy and served during World War II. He had also worked in research and development for the U.S. government for 20 years. He moved to Exeter in 1979 and was an avid motorcycle rider.

Cole is survived by his wife, Sherri Cole; a daughter, Jean Oliveras; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all of Exeter.

Funeral services will be held at noon today, Nov. 10 at Smith Family Chapel. Visitation will be held at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be at San Joaquin National Cemetery.

The driver of the Duragno, Jesus Banuelos, 40, of Exeter received minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.

The driver of the Yukon, Daniel Hammond, 46, of Exeter was not injured in the collision.

No one was arrested in the accident. It is still unclear why Cole did not yield to oncoming traffic while making the left turn. CHP is continuing its investigation.

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