Driver Drove in Front of an Incoming Stanislaus County Car Before the Fatal Accident
January 11, 2022

Stanislaus County, California (Newman, CA) – On January 9, 2022, a person was killed in the collision, a deputy and another person were sent to the hospital.

A Chevrolet coupe drove in front of an incoming Stanislaus County deputy’s cruiser shortly before the fatal collision. The incident occurred between a 2015 Chevy and a 2019 Nissan on River Road and Villa Manucha Road. It led two people, and a sheriff’s deputy, to the hospital with critical injuries and claimed the life of an individual.

According to CHP, the deputy was attending to a call for assistance from Newman police officers with his siren and emergency lights on. The deputy was driving southbound on River Road approaching Villa Manucha Road when the Chevy entered the intersection and ended up in the direction of the Nissan. The two vehicles crashed, sending both into an agricultural field. The driver of the Chevrolet, who was only identified as a 21-year-old guy, was declared dead at the site. Maria Prado, 19-year-old, was revealed as his injured passenger. They were both from Modesto.

CHP did not identify the officer involved in the collision, although he was characterized as a 34-year-old man from Modesto. Both the deputy and the occupant in the Chevy are likely to live. Investigators are still working to identify if seatbelts were worn at the time of the incident and whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

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