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Speed blamed for fatal collision
Delhi man arrested for Winton resident’s death

A high-speed rear-end collision on a stretch of rural road outside of Turlock led to the death of a Winton man and the arrest of the Delhi driver accused of causing the collision.

The collision happened around 5:50 a.m. Thursday on Vincent Road, near the intersection with Linwood Road.

The name of the deceased has not been released pending next of kin notification. He was a 62-year-old man from Winton, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Efren C. Gonzalez, 20, of Delhi was arrested by the CHP on charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

Gonzalez was driving a 2014 Lexus sedan northbound on Vincent Road. According to witnesses, Gonzalez was traveling at speeds between 70 to 100 miles per hour, the CHP reported.

The Winton man was driving a 1987 Toyota MR2 also northbound on Vincent. He had slowed to make a left turn onto Linwood and the Lexus was approaching behind him.

The CHP reported that Gonzalez was traveling too fast and did not seem to notice that the vehicle in front of him had slowed.

The Lexus struck the rear-end of the Toyota with a forceful impact that caused the death of the Winton man. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Gonzalez’s Lexus continued off the road and hit a Pacific Gas and Electric utility pole. He sustained moderate injuries, according to the CHP and was transported via ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.

After being treated at the Modesto hospital and released from care, Gonzalez was taken into custody by the CHP and booked into the Merced County Jail. The CHP stated drugs and alcohol did not appear to have been factors in the collision.