High­way Crash Caused By Homi­cide Sus­pect

Escalon Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

An early morn­ing crash that snarled traf­fic on High­way 120 east of Escalon on Tues­day, May 1 has been linked to a homi­cide in Oak­dale.

Escalon po­lice, fire and am­bu­lance crews all re­sponded to the scene of the crash about 8:30 a.m. last Tues­day, on High­way 120 be­tween Steinegul and Sei­d­ner roads when two ve­hi­cles col­lided head on.

Au­thor­i­ties have now con­firmed that the driver of the car that crashed into an on­com­ing truck tow­ing a trailer has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of homi­cide.

“We did get con­fir­ma­tion of that fact,” Escalon Fire Chief Rick Mello said of Wil­liam Schen­del, 54, of Modesto be­ing the driver of the ve­hi­cle in­volved in the crash as well as the homi­cide sus­pect. The driver and pas­sen­ger in the other ve­hi­cle were not se­ri­ously in­jured in the col­li­sion.

Au­thor­i­ties on Mon­day re­leased Schen­del’s name and iden­ti­fied him as the sus­pect in the death of Aimee Craw­ford, 40, of Oak­dale, who was found de­ceased in her home on Tues­day af­ter­noon, May 1. The scene was in ru­ral Oak­dale, in the 13000 block of Horse­shoe Road, off Or­ange Blos­som Road.

Emer­gency re­spon­ders on the scene of the May 1 crash in­di­cated there were no signs of eva­sive ac­tion taken prior to the col­li­sion, fu­el­ing spec­u­la­tion that Schen­del may have de­lib­er­ately driven his car into the on­com­ing traf­fic. He had to be ex­tri­cated from his ve­hi­cle and had ma­jor in­juries to both legs and one arm.

The in­ci­dent took a twist as Stanis­laus County sher­iff ’s deputies and emer­gency per­son­nel were called to the Horse­shoe Road home for a re­port of a de­ceased adult fe­male found in a home by fam­ily mem­bers. That call came in shortly af­ter 4 p.m.

Craw­ford was iden­ti­fied as the vic­tim;

Schen­del has been iden­ti­fied as her boyfriend.

Homi­cide de­tec­tives re­sponded to the scene and dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion iden­ti­fied Schen­del as a sus­pect. He was taken into cus­tody on Thurs­day, May 3.

He was booked at the Stanis­laus County Jail on a sin­gle count of mur­der and was be­ing held with­out bail. Schen­del has a court ap­pear­ance sched­uled for Wednesday, May 9.

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