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.
Collision Involving Ambulance Reported in Modesto
MODESTO – A collision involving an ambulance blocked a busy roadway near downtown Modesto Monday afternoon.
At about 5:15pm emergency crews responded to the area of Scenic Drive between High and Melrose Streets for a report of a vehicle collision involving an ambulance. Early reports indicate a patient was being transported at the time of the collision, however it is unclear if emergency equipment was activated.
A gold Nissan Maxima at the scene had major front end damage. Another white SUV parked on Melrose may have also been involved in the crash, but did not appear to have major damage.
Police closed down the roadway and diverted traffic away from the scene.
Fatal Crash Investigated in Modesto
MODESTO – A vehicle collision Thursday morning claimed the life of one person on Finch Road.
The crash happened shortly before 11:00am near the intersection of Business Park Drive and involved a white Jeep SUV and a white Chevrolet Malibu.
Firefighters with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection and AMR paramedics responded to the scene. One person was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Nearby business owners noted that the stretch of road has seen its share of bad collisions in the past but has since improved. The area behind the business park is known for a gathering place for racers, one man said.
Finch Road was closed while authorities worked the crash scene. Officers with California Highway Patrol responded to investigate.
Collision Involving Pedestrian Closes Carpenter Road
MODESTO – A collision involving pedestrian closed down Carpenter Road Friday night.
The crash happened shortly before 10:45pm just south of the intersection of Carpenter Road and Maze Boulevard.
Early reports indicated a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the southbound lanes of Carpenter Road. Authorities closed Carpenter between Maze Boulevard and California Avenue.
No official update on the condition of the pedestrian was available at time of publication. Medics performed CPR on the victim according to Highway Patrol logs. A yellow blanket and debris could be seen in the road in front of the nearby High School.
The scene was turned over to the California Highway Patrol for investigation.
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