At about 6:32 am Thursday morning, the California Highway Patrol, Denair Fire Protection District, Keyes Fire Protection District, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries on Santa Fe Avenue just south of East Monte Vista Avenue, Denair.
When crews arrived on scene, they located three vehicles involved. One was a Subaru SUV, the other was a Toyota sedan, and the last was a Nissan SUV.
The driver and only occupant of the Subaru SUV, Kenneth Williams, 63, of Modesto, was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with major injuries, which he later succumbed to. The driver and only occupant of the Toyota sedan, Trinidad Magana, 62, of Hughson, was airlifted by PHI Air Medical Services to a local hospital with major injuries. The driver and only occupant of the Nissan SUV, Ricardo Gallegos, 48, of Modesto, was uninjured.
Officers began their investigation and determined that Williams was traveling northbound, while Magana was traveling southbound with Gallegos right behind him. Williams attempted to pass a vehicle that was in front of him by crossing into the southbound lane, when he collided head on with Magana. The collision then pushed Magana’s vehicle back, colliding with the front of Gallegos’ vehicle.
It is currently unknown if alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in the collision.
Santa Fe Avenue was temporarily closed between East Monte Vista Avenue North Vincent Road while officers were on scene investigating.
The California Highway Patrol would like to remind all motorists to only pass when safe to do so. The consequences of not doing so could be deadly, as seen in this example.