Two teenagers racing down Highway 99 in Turlock are accused of causing a collision that claimed the life of a 25-year-old Salida man.
Both teens are facing charges of vehicular homicide for the early Sunday morning death, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The deceased has been identified as Jakob Burns, 25, of Salida.
The collision occurred around 4:15 a.m. Sunday on southbound Highway 99 near the Main Street exit.
A Honda, driven by Manuel Morales Jr., 19, of Ceres, was in the fast lane and an Acura, driven by Gerardo Ochoa, 19, of Ceres, was in the middle lane. Both vehicles were traveling at a high rate of speed and it’s suspected the two drivers were racing one another, according to the CHP.
Burns was driving a GMC truck in the slow lane and was making a lane change into the middle lane when his vehicle was hit by the Acura. The Acura then crashed into the Honda.
Burns sustained fatal injuries from the crash, while Ochoa and Morales had minor injuries.
Ochoa was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony driving under the influence, and reckless driving.
Morales was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving.
The investigation remains ongoing.