Dear church family:

Tom and Sukhi Newberry went home to be with the Lord last Saturday when a truck crossed the median and collided with their car. An article from the Salinas newspaper is attached.

There will be a service for them at 10:30 AM at Valley Presbyterian Church this Friday, April 23.

We encourage you to share this information with others. Please pray for Renee and Alberto, the Newberry’s extended family, and our church family who are all deeply affected by this great loss.

“ For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:53-58

While we mourn the loss of our dear friends, let us also rejoice that they are with our Heavenly Father.


Local News - Monday, April 19, 2004NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

Reckless driving blamed for 101 fatals
Four people killed over weekend
The Salinas Californian
Reckless driving is behind two unrelated accidents along Highway 101 that claimed the lives of four people this weekend and destroyed a home in Gonzales, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday.

" The public needs to be attentive to road conditions while driving," said CHP Sgt. Ray Faulk.
Around 11:35 a.m. Saturday, Salinas residents Jose Cabanillas, 27, and Erasmo Maldonado, 27, were driving southbound on Highway 101 three miles north of Gonzales, the CHP said.
The men were riding in a 1982 Chevrolet flatbed pickup truck with a trailer in tow, Faulk said. While the truck may have been traveling at around the 65 mph speed limit, witnesses told the CHP traffic was slow and the truck braked suddenly, causing the trailer to whip the truck through the center median and into the northbound lanes Highway 101, where it collided head-on with a 2004 Lexus sedan driven by Thomas and Suk Hi Newberry of Simi Valley, Faulk said.

The Newberrys, Cabanillas and Maldonado died at the scene, Faulk said. A third vehicle, a van, collided with the back of the Lexus. The one man in it, whose name was not released, was taken to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, but was not seriously injured, Faulk said.