Fr. Wolf, wife, die in wreck

Union Democrat staff

The Rev. Wolfgang Krismanits, who led the congregation at Sonora's Red Church for two decades, and his wife LaDonn were killed Tuesday in a three-vehicle auto accident near Hollister.

Krismanits, 60, known popularly as "Father Wolf," was driving his 2002 Mercury Sable east on State Highway 156 at San Felipe Road at 3:20 p.m., when his car was struck in the intersection by a southbound Nissan Altima driven by Rudy Lopez, 24, of Morgan Hill.

Lopez had run a red light, said Officer Dakota Smith of the Hollister-Gilroy California Highway Patrol. Krismanits' car was pushed beneath a westbound tractor trailer, driven by Rosario Medina, 42, of Salinas.

Krismanitses was pronounced dead at the scene.His wife, 51,a was taken to Hazel Hawkins Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Lopez, whose car hit a power pole and went down an embankment, was transported by helicopter to San Jose Regional Medical Center with major injuries.

Wolfgang Krismanits received open-heart surgery about a month ago. He and his wife were returning from a visit to the surgeon in Monterey when the accident occurred, according to his family members.

Krismanits had suffered from heart damage since boyhood, the result of a bout of rheumatic fever.

CHP said road conditions were clear and warm. The Krismanitses were wearing seat belts.

The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Thursday October 27, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
New oak disease spreads from coast to foothills


A deadly fungus killing oak trees along the coasts of central and ... more

Residents complain about cultivation enforcement


Residents of El Rancho Loma Serena Homeowners Association said they believe Calaveras ... more

Columbia Elementary gets an interim leader


The Columbia Union School Board Tuesday hired Diane Dotson as interim superintendent-principal. ... more

All Hallows Fantasy Faire


Hundreds of people of all ages, costumed and non-costumed, attended the eighth ... more

Paying the price


Chris Lusardi, of Sonora, is one of thousands of Tuolumne County residents ... more