8/08/04
S.D. man, friend die in dune buggy accident
As reported in the UNION-TRIBUNE
A San Diego man and a friend from Illinois were killed when a water truck slammed into their dune buggy outside the Gulf of California resort town of San Felipe, Mexico, authorities said yesterday.
Todd Smedley, 40, was killed in the crash around 1 p.m. Sunday on a two-lane desert highway linking San Felipe and Mexicali, Mexican authorities said. David Bloom of Peoria, Ill., who also died, was visiting Smedley for a weekend trip to Mexico, said Smedley's mother, Marianne E. Smedley of Varna, Ill
Smedley, formerly of Carlsbad, worked as a salesman for a company specializing in water treatment, his mother said last night. He grew up in La Grange, Ill., and lived in the San Diego area for the past seven or eight years, she said.
The dune buggy was crushed in the accident, officials said. Smedley was killed instantly, and Bloom died a short time later after being transported to a medical clinic in San Felipe

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