A Turlock father was killed in a single vehicle collision of Highway 99 Wednesday and his wife is facing criminal charges, including vehicular manslaughter, for his death.
The deceased was identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office as Raul Esquivel Jr., 38, of Turlock.
The collision was reported at 3 a.m. Wednesday on southbound Highway 99, just north of the Fulkerth Road exit.
Raul Esquivel was the front passenger in a 2000 BMW driven by his wife, Kathryn Esquivel, 37, of Turlock. Javier Esquivel, 30, of Turlock was sitting in the back of the car, the California Highway patrol reported.
Kathryn Esquivel was driving the BMW southbound on the highway at an undetermined speed when she suddenly lost control of the car. The BMW swerved to the left, crossed over all three lanes and then struck a concrete center divide wall. The impact sent the vehicle in a southwesterly direction back across the highway, where it ran off the road and overturned, according to the CHP report.
Raul Esquivel was not wearing a seat belt and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the ambulance personnel.
Kathryn Esquivel and Javier Esquivel were both wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The CHP said Kathryn Esquivel had complaints of stomach pain and Javier Esquivel had a complaint of chest pain.
The CHP report stated the collision was caused by Kathryn Esquivel’s “level of intoxication” and that alcohol and/or drugs were a contributing factor in the crash.
Kathryn Esquivel was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and driving on a suspended license. She remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bail.
Raul Esquivel was the father of four daughters. Friends are hosting a car wash at 10 a.m. Saturday to help pay for funeral expenses. The car wash will be outside The Other Place at 2003 Yosemite Boulevard in Modesto.