Luis Torres Perez, 21; Emily Garcia, 20, Injured in Turlock Head-On Crash
TURLOCK, CA (June 2, 2021) – A fatal wrong-way crash on Highway 99 injured Luis Torres Perez and Emily Garcia in Turlock.
The incident began on Tuesday, June 1, when the California Highway Patrol received reports of a wrong-way driver at about 10:15 p.m. in Turlock.
The Modesto Bee wrote that witnesses saw a red Ford Focus traveling north in the southbound lanes of Highway 99, north of Lander Avenue.
Officers located the Ford stopped, facing north, in the center median of the southbound lanes near Linwood Avenue. They found the motorist slumped over the steering wheel with his foot on the brake.
The driver, 44-year-old Marvin Hernandez, woke up after officers knocked on his windows. He then sped forward and drove between the center divide and the patrol vehicle.
Wrong-Way Driver Marvin Hernandez, 44, Killed
The San Francisco man struck the left side of the CHP unit and continued driving the wrong-way. He ultimately slammed head-on into a Chevrolet Silverado, north of Fulkerth Avenue.
CHP said the Chevrolet came to a rest on top of the center divide upon impact. The driver of the Silverado, 21-year-old Delhi resident Luis Torres Perez, ended up with minor injuries.
The passenger, 20-year-old Emily Garcia, of Turlock, sustained major injuries as a result of the crash. Paramedics rushed them to Modesto hospitals for treatment.
Medical personnel pronounced Marvin Hernandez dead at the scene. Meanwhile, CHP believed that DUI played a role in the accident after seeing several empty beer bottles inside the Focus.
The Turlock crash that left Luis Torres Perez and Emily Garcia wounded is still under investigation. CHP shut down the southbound lanes of Highway 99 between Fulkerth and Main Street following the wreck.
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