Fatal Crash Interstate 5 Freeway, Westley Rest Area in Vernalis

 Fatal Crash Interstate 5 Freeway, Westley Rest Area in Vernalis1 Dead, 2 Injured in Solo-Vehicle Crash on I-5 Freeway in Vernalis

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2022) — A fatal crash on the Interstate 5 Freeway happened Sunday night near the Westley Rest Area in Vernalis.

Police arrested the driver, Meliton Carrera, 25, on DUI charges. Also, a passenger identified as Uvaldo Carrera-Moreno, 48, of Santa Ana, died in the collision and a second passenger Francisco Trujillo, 34, of Concord, was injured, according to the Modesto Bee.

Additionally, the rollover collision occurred about 10 p.m. on Oct. 16th in San Joaquin County, according to the Fox 26 News and the CHP Modesto station.

Also, police officers responded and located the overturned vehicle in the northbound lanes near the Westley Rest Area.

Investigators learned that the vehicle was traveling at about 75 mph on the I-5, just south of Khalsa Road. For unknown reasons, the vehicle served to the left and went off the freeway into a dirt median where it overturned.  Uvaldo Carrera-Moreno was seated in the back right side of the car. He was thrown out of the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, medics treated both the driver and a second passenger on scene for minor injuries.

Finally, authorities arrested the driver of the car on DUI charges shortly after the fatal crash in Vernalis.

Johnson Attorneys Group does not represent any of the parties mentioned above. Furthermore, Johnson Attorneys Group has no intention to represent any of the parties discussed. We hope this news information is timely and helpful. However, if you would like to contribute any information or have legal questions, please contact us as soon as possible. Our law firm is a proud, longtime supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

SOURCE: CHP; Fox 26 News

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