The California Highway Patrol suspect a Turlock man was driving drunk when he ran a posted stop sign and collided with another vehicle, resulting in injuries that claimed his life.
The deceased was identified as Martin Juarez-Aguirre, 41, of Turlock.
The collision was reported to the CHP at 11 p.m. Friday in the area of Keyes and Foote roads.
Juarez-Aguirre was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche northbound on Foote Road at an undetermined high rate of speed. The CHP reported that Juarez-Aguirre failed to stop at the posted stop sign on Foote Road and entered the intersection with Keyes Road just as a 2006 Dodge Challenger was approaching.
The Dodge Challenger was being driven by Nathan Barnhardt, 58, of Merced. The Dodge was traveling at an estimated 55 miles per hour, according to the CHP.
The front of the Dodge struck the left rear of the Chevrolet, causing Juarez-Aguirre to lose control of the vehicle. The Chevrolet overturned multiple times before coming to rest on the roof in a westerly direction on Foote Road, north of Keyes Road, according to the CHP.
Juarez-Aguirre was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision and was ejected from the Chevrolet during the rollover, the CHP reported.
Juarez-Aguirre was rushed to Doctors Medical Center where he later died from the injuries he sustained.
The Dodge had major front-end damage, but Bernhardt was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, according to the CHP.
The CHP said the preliminary investigation indicates Juarez-Aguirre was under the influence of alcohol. The investigation remains ongoing.