A Delhi woman survived a head-on collision in Denair Wednesday morning only to be hit by another vehicle moments later, causing fatal injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The deceased was identified as Socorro Hernandez, 44, of Delhi by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office.
The chain of collisions happened around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday in the area of Montpelier Road and Monte Vista Avenue in Denair.
Hernandez was driving a 1992 Honda Prelude northbound on Montpelier Road when for an unknown reason she allowed her vehicle to drift into the southbound lane.
Estaban Marquez, 35, of Modesto was driving a 2008 Kia in the southbound lane of Montpelier. According to the CHP he saw the Honda coming towards him and hit his brakes, while veering to the right. But he was unable to avoid the Honda and the two vehicles hit head-on.
The Kia came to a rest on the dirt shoulder of Montpelier. Marquez had sustained major injuries and was transported to Doctors Medical Center.
Hernandez’s vehicle was stopped blocking the northbound lane of Montpelier, near the Monte Vista Avenue intersection. Hernandez had gotten out of her vehicle and was standing near the driver’s side in the intersection, according to the CHP.
A 1994 Toyota driven by Jose Barrajas, 26, of Winton, was traveling northbound on Montpelier between 45 to 50 miles per hour, and came upon the collision almost in the immediate aftermath. Barrajas said he saw the collision and hit his brakes, but couldn’t avoid the crash.
The Toyota hit the passenger side of Hernandez’s Honda, which knocked her to the ground, with the Honda coming to a stop on top of her. She was rushed to Memorial Medical Center where she was pronounced dead from her injuries.
The investigation into the collision remains ongoing.