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Coroner’s office identifies deceased in Hughson fatality

The Denair man killed in a three-vehicle collision in Hughson on Sept. 8 has been identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office.

The deceased was identified as Andres Jimenez, 21, of Denair.

The collision was reported at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 8 on Whitmore Avenue, east of Waring Road.

Jimenez was driving a 2014 Nissan sedan eastbound on Whitmore Avenue, just east of Waring Road.

A 2006 Ford SUV, driven by Avelino Araiza, 47, of La Grange was also headed westbound on Whitmore, approaching the Nissan and Waring Road.

Directly behind the Ford was a 2014 Toyota sedan driven by Monica Acevedo, 47, of Hughson.

For an unknown reason, Jimenez allowed the Nissan to drift into the westbound lane, just as it was coming up to the Ford.

The left front of the Nissan struck the left front of the Ford, according to the CHP. The force of the impact sent the Nissan spinning in a clockwise direction, directly into the path of the Toyota. The front of the Toyota struck the right side of the Nissan.

Jimenez was not wearing a seat belt and sustained injuries that proved fatal at the scene, according to the CHP.

Acevedo suffered major injuries from the crash and was rushed to Doctors Medical Center.

Araiza reported he was not injured.

It’s unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision. The investigation is ongoing.