A Turlock man is facing criminal charges after allegedly driving drunk and causing a wreck that pinned a man between a trailer and a truck on Highway 99 Tuesday morning.
The suspect was identified as Alexis Ramirez, 23, of Turlock. He is facing charges of felony driving under the influence causing great bodily injury and hit and run resulting in death or injury.
The victim was not identified by the California Highway Patrol, other than to say he is 25 years old and from Manteca.
The collision happened on southbound 99, near Collier Road at 1:19 a.m. Tuesday.
The Manteca man was driving a 2021 Dodge Ram pickup truck pulling a trailer. According to the CHP, he pulled over safely to the right shoulder and got out to check the trailer hitch.
The man was between the trailer and the truck when the back of the trailer was struck by a 2006 Honda Accord, driven by Ramirez, the CHP stated.
The impact pushed the trailer forward, pinning the Manteca man between the trailer and the truck.
Ramirez fled the scene on foot, but was found hiding in a nearby grassy field.
The Manteca man sustained major injuries and was airlifted to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.
A passenger in the Dodge Ram, Seth Lemmons, 24, of Turlock had a complaint of pain, but refused medical treatment, the CHP reported.
Ramirez had minor injuries and was taken to a hospital. Once medically cleared, he was arrested. Prior to the hospital, Ramirez was given a field sobriety test.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing.