A Turlock man driving a vehicle overloaded with passengers is suspected of driving drunk and causing a rollover crash that claimed the life of one male juvenile and injured several other people.
The name of the deceased has not been released, nor his hometown or age.
The collision was reported to the California Highway Patrol's Merced division at 9:37 p.m. Friday. It happened on Vincent Road, south of Linwood Avenue in Delhi.
The suspected drunk driver was identified as Osvaldo Ibarra, 21, of Turlock. He was driving a 2002 Toyota Camry with seven occupants in the car, including two juvenile females sitting on the laps of the rear passengers.
Ibarra was driving southbound on Vincent Road at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the car and it veered off the road and overturned multiple times, said CHP spokesman Officer Eric Zuniga.
During the rollovers, Ibarra and a female juvenile were both ejected from the vehicle. The female juvenile came to rest on the roadway.
The Toyota came to a rest on the driver's side, causing two rear juvenile male passengers to be pinned inside the vehicle, Zuniga said.
A 2001 Chevy S10 pickup driven by a 20-year-old Delhi man was traveling southbound on Vincent Road moments after the rollover crash. Because of the dust and the darkness, the driver did not see the female in the road and ran over her.
The female juvenile sustained major injuries from both collisions and was taken by air ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.
A male juvenile passenger in the Toyota had sustained fatal injuries from the rollover and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The two male juvenile passengers that were pinned inside the Toyota were extracted out by emergency responders.
The survivors of the crash were transported to Memorial Medical Center and Doctors Medical Center with major to moderate injuries.
Ibarra was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence causing death and/or great bodily injuries. Due to his own injuries he was released to the custody of the hospital, Zuniga said.
The driver of the Chevy did not sustain any injuries and remained at the scene of the collision to assist with the investigation. He is not suspected of driving under the influence.
It's not known at this time if any of the people in the Toyota were wearing seat belts or not.
The investigation remains ongoing.