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Update: Driver Arrested in Fatal Turlock Crash

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TURLOCK – The driver of a SUV that crashed Thursday night was arrested and charged in the death of his wife, authorities said Friday.

The crash happened at about 10:37pm on the southbound lanes of Highway 99 just south of the Monte Vista Avenue onramp. The California Highway Patrol said 35 year old Luis Rodriguez of Merced was driving a 2016 Ford Explorer when he lost control and traveled off the highway. The Explorer overturned into the right hand shoulder, ejecting the passenger. The passenger, a 31 year old woman identified as Rodriguez’s wife, was not wearing her seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. She died from her injuries at the scene.

Rodriguez was also not wearing his seatbelt and was trapped inside the vehicle. Firefighters used rescue tools to remove him from the vehicle. He was taken to Memorial Medical Center with major injuries including a compound fracture to the femur and arm.

The couple had their four children in the vehicle, aged six months, one, two, and three years old. All were properly restrained in the vehicle. Two children were taken to Memorial Medical Center and two were taken to Doctors Medical Center. American Medical Response personnel transported them all by ambulance as a precaution, however none were injured. In total, three ambulances and a medical helicopter responded. The helicopter was later canceled.

Turlock Fire Department responded with three engines, Squad 32 and a Chief Officer.

Officials said alcohol was presumed to be a factor in the crash, and Rodriguez was arrested.

Officers examine a Ford Explorer that crashed along Highway 99 near Turlock Thursday night.

Carlos Rodriguez is an Emmy Award winning photojournalist specializing in public safety and natural disasters. His passion for local news stems from a deep commitment to his community, with a selfless mission to inform the citizens of the valley. As he worked on assignment for 19 days at the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California, he spent most of his time helping survivors contact their loved ones to let them know they were ok. Carlos is a veteran of Univision, FOX, and Telemundo TV stations and a native of Modesto, California.

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Fatal Crash Reported West of Modesto

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STANISLAUS COUNTY – At least one person lost their life in a vehicle collision on Highway 132 Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters and officers with the California Highway Patrol were dispatched to the area of Highway 132 and Gates Road at about 6:11pm. A big rig and a Honda Civic were both involved in the collision and came to rest on the northeast corner of the intersection.

One person was trapped in one of the vehicles and had to be removed by rescue personnel. At about 6:45pm the coroner was requested to the scene.

The truck was hauling soda. Eastbound lanes were unaffected by traffic, one westbound lane appeared closed for emergency equipment. Gates Road was closed while the collision was under investigation.

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Pedestrian Suffers Major Injuries in Collision

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MODESTO – A pedestrian was rushed to a hospital with major injuries Tuesday evening after a vehicle collision.

The crash happened at about 5:51pm near the intersection of Paradise Road and Harris Avenue. Emergency crews arrived and found the pedestrian down in the roadway. They were rushed to a hospital with major injuries and in unknown condition.

Police and CHP officers closed the road to investigate the collision. Early indications suggest the involved driver remained at the scene.

No further details were available at time of publication.

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North Modesto Fatal Crash Investigated

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MODESTO – Officers with the California Highway Patrol investigated a fatal crash Tuesday morning that claimed the life of one motorist.

The crash happened near the intersection of Patterson Road and Skittone Road at about 9:43am. According to Officer Thomas Olsen with the California Highway Patrol, a Honda sedan traveling westbound on Patterson Road was stopped at the intersection to make a turn onto Skittone Road. A white Ford SUV approaching the Honda also westbound was unable to stop. The driver attempted to swerve, rolling the vehicle into the oncoming lane. A Chevrolet SUV traveling eastbound struck the Ford as it rolled.

The driver of the Ford died of her injuries at the scene. She was identified only as a woman in her 60’s or possibly older.

The driver of the Honda appeared uninjured. The driver of the Chevrolet SUV and her three children were taken by ambulance to hospitals. Two children were taken to Doctors Medical Center, the third to Memorial.

Officer Olsen explained that had the children not been properly restrained, the crash would have had a much worse outcome.

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