A late morning accident on Sunday, Oct. 25 along Patterson Road left one man dead and another seriously injured.
California Highway Patrol officers out of Modesto responded to the scene and said about 11:40 a.m. Sunday, a man driving a 1998 Toyota Camry eastbound on Patterson Road east of the intersection with Langworth Road, attempted to pass a three-axle truck. The Camry driver failed to notice an oncoming Chevy Tahoe, officers said, which was westbound on Patterson Road at about 50 mph. The Camry pulled into the westbound lane to pass the uninvolved truck, and crossed directly into the path of the 2003 Tahoe.
Both the driver of the Tahoe and the truck driver took evasive action, turning toward the shoulder of the roadway, but the Camry collided head on with the front of the Tahoe and was pushed backward, rotated in a clockwise direction and came to rest in the westbound lane, where it burst into flames.
As a result of the collision, the driver of the Toyota – whose name and age have not yet been released – sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Tahoe, a 23-year-old man from Modesto, was taken to Memorial Medical Center with major injuries.
The collision remains under investigation; the CHP report indicated drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been a contributing factor in this collision.