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Collision kills one in Newman

POSTED February 4, 2011 9:15 p.m.

Two vehicles colliding on a country road in Newman caused the death of one man and injured three.

The deceased was identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office as 75-year-old Cesar Paiz.

The collision happened shortly before noon Tuesday on Hills Ferry Road, east of Sherman Parkway.

Paiz was driving a 1994 Toyota pickup westbound on Hills Ferry at an undetermined speed. Coming in the opposite direction was Patricia Carrillo, 36, of Newman in a 2003 Toyota RAV at about 50 mph, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP report states Paiz drove into the eastbound lane to pass another vehicle. Carrillo saw Paiz’s pickup directly in front of her path and turned into the westbound lane to try and avoid a collision.

Paiz also made a maneuver to avoid the crash and veered back into the westbound lane, at the same time as Carrillo.

The front of Paiz’s pickup struck the front of the Toyota and both vehicles sustained extensive damage.

Paiz was pronounced dead at the scene, the CHP reported.

Carrillo suffered major injuries from the crash and was transported to Memorial Medical Center for treatment, according to the CHP.

Her passengers, an 8-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl, both had minor injuries and were taken to the same hospital for treatment.

All the parties were wearing seat belts and drugs and alcohol are not considered a factor in the collision.

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