Tragic Accident North of Patterson Killed 1 and Injured Another
October 25, 2021

Stanislaus County, California (Patterson, CA) – On October 23, 2021, Saturday, one dead and one was badly hurt in a two-vehicle wreck north of Patterson on Interstate 5.

A 54-year-old man of Gilroy died and a Sacramento man sustained critical injuries in a crash on southbound Interstate 5 north of Howard Road. The incident happened around 9:43 p.m. when the CHP received a call informing it about a vehicle that flipped southbound on the side of I-5.

A second car with front-end damage and one occupant were reported unresponsive. As per the CHP news release, the Gilroy man, who was riding a 1983 Jeep, was on the west shoulder close to the vehicle. He was flown out of his car during the incident and killed at the scene. Initial investigations showed the Jeep was southbound in the right lane. Martin Diaz Barajas Jr., 30, of Sacramento, was also in the right lane, following the Jeep from behind. He allowed the right front of his 2018 Ford to collide with the Jeep’s left rear.

The incident resulted the jeep going onto the west shoulder, where it slipped. Barajas lost control of his car as it went into the center divide, where it flipped several times before striking a high-tension cable barrier and coming to a halt. An air ambulance flew Barajas to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. The high rate of speed is believed to be the reason for the accident.

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