A solo vehicle accident in Turlock in which none of the four occupants were wearing seat belts resulted in the death of the driver and injuries for the three passengers, reported the California Highway Patrol.
The deceased was identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office as Alexis Thomas, 17, of Hilmar.
The collision happened shortly after 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2 on S. Golden State Boulevard, near Youngstown Road and just north of the Stanislaus County/Merced County line.
Thomas was driving a 2002 Honda Civic southbound on Golden State Boulevard at an undetermined speed, when for an unknown reason she lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn before coming to a rest on its wheels next to the railroad tracks that run parallel to Golden State Boulevard.
Thomas, and two of her passengers, were ejected from the vehicle when it overturned, said CHP spokesperson Officer Eric Parsons. None of them were wearing seat belts, according to the CHP. One other passenger, who also was not wearing a seat belt, remained in the vehicle.
Thomas was taken by helicopter to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, where she later died from her injuries.
Sabrina Ortiz, 20, of Turlock was ejected and sustained moderate injuries, according to the CHP. She was transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center.
Harkir Singh, 20, of Delhi also was ejected during the rollover and sustained moderate injuries. Singh was transported to Doctors Medical Center.
Augustine Nunez, 20, of Modesto was not ejected, but still sustained moderate injuries in the collision and was taken to Memorial Medical Center.
The investigation into the collision is ongoing, but the CHP did state they believe alcohol played a factor in it.
A Go Fund Me page has been establish to assist Thomas’ family. It’s online at https://www.gofundme.com/alexis-thomas-memorial. A viewing for Thomas will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Turlock Memorial Park and Funeral Home and the service is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 13 at Turlock Memorial Park.