OAKDALE – A Ceres woman is facing charges in a fatal crash that claimed the life of her passenger Tuesday morning.
The crash happened at about 5:18am on Highway 108 just east of Lancaster Road. Emergency crews responded and found four vehicles involved in the crash, and an unresponsive adult male down in the roadway.
The California Highway Patrol reports that the driver of a 2003 Chevrolet SUV identified as Erica Linja was traveling eastbound on Highway 108 when she attempted to pass a 2009 Freightliner. The SUV sideswiped a 2001 Honda sedan that was traveling westbound, causing Linja to lose control of her vehicle.
The Chevrolet entered the eastbound lane before swerving back into the westbound lane again directly into the path of an oncoming 2014 Ford utility truck. Both vehicles crashed, ejecting the front passenger who was not wearing a seat belt. The Chevrolet then entered the eastbound lane again where it was struck by the Freightliner.
Linja was transported by air ambulance to a hospital with major injuries. She faces charges of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, both felonies.
The driver of the Ford was also taken to a hospital, but suffered only minor injuries. The driver of the Freightliner and Honda were uninjured in the crash.
The California Highway Patrol would like to remind motorists that properly wearing a seatbelt can save lives during a traffic collision.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash Investigated Near Oakdale
OAKDALE – A crash on Highway 120 closed the roadway and claimed the life of a motorcyclist Wednesday night.
The crash was reported on Highway 120 just north of Valley Home Road at about 9:52pm. Early reports indicate a motorcycle, Toyota Prius and a big rig were all involved in the crash. The Prius appeared overturned next to the motorcycle. The rider was ejected from the bike.
The roadway was completely closed to traffic while officers with California Highway Patrol investigated and took measurements. The circumstances surrounding the crash were not available at time of publication.
Police Seek Driver in Crash Involving Pedestrian
MODESTO – Traffic investigators with the Modesto Police Department responded to a collision involving a pedestrian Sunday night.
The crash happened shortly after 9:00pm on McHenry Avenue between Robin Hood Drive and Sylvan Avenue. Officials at the scene said a pedestrian with a bicycle was struck on McHenry Avenue. The involved vehicle left before officers arrived.
The pedestrian was rushed by ambulance to a hospital with serious injuries. Traffic officers responded to take over the investigation. Officers had not established Sunday night if the pedestrian was walking the bicycle or riding it.
Early reports indicated a possible involved vehicle may have been a white Chevy pickup truck that was last seen traveling south on McHenry Avenue. Authorities are asking for the driver to come forward.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department at (209) 527-9500 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
Train Collides with Trailer Near Turlock
TURLOCK – A collision involving a freight train and a truck trailer closed down a busy roadway Wednesday afternoon.
The crash was dispatched at about 3:40pm at the intersection of South Golden State Boulevard near Daubenberger Road. The trailer involved in the crash was destroyed, spilling contents onto the roadway.
Railroad traffic was stopped while emergency crews worked at the scene. The truck appeared to be carrying food product or fruit juice.
The circumstances regarding the crash were still under investigation however no injuries were reported.
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