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Turlock freeway collision kills man
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A Winton man was struck and killed Sunday night on Highway 99 in Turlock when he got out of a vehicle that had become disabled in the middle of the freeway.

The accident occurred at 1:05 a.m. Sunday on southbound Highway 99 near the Fulkerth Road exit in Turlock.

The 47-year-old man’s name has not been released pending next of kin notification.

Elisa Gonzalez, 41, of Winton was driving a 2000 Cadillac Escalade on the freeway when she suddenly had a blow out of the right rear tire, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Gonzalez lost control of the vehicle and it became disabled on the freeway diagonally across the middle and the left lane.

Headed south on the freeway in the middle lane was a 1998 Dodge Ram van driven by Refugio Rios, 70, of Desert Hot Springs.

Rios told the CHP he saw the Escalade ahead of him and applied the brakes and swerved the Dodge, but was unable to avoid a collision.

The Dodge collided with the right side of the Escalade and the 47-year-old man. The 47-year-old man was the right front passenger in the Escalade. According to the CHP he got out of the vehicle and was standing near the front door when he was struck.

The impact sent the man into the right lane. The CHP said he got to his feet and stumbled to the front of the Escalade, where he collapsed. He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Escalade was pushed into the right lane and shoulder from the impact, while the Dodge collided with a concrete wall before coming to a stop, according to the CHP.

Gonzalez sustained major injuries from the collision and was taken to Memorial Medical Center. Manuel Gonzalez, 74, of Winton was sitting in the back of the Escalade was taken to Memorial Medical Center with minor injuries, while the other back seat passenger, Martin Macias, 62, of Atwater, did not suffer any injuries, according to the CHP.

Rios and his passenger, 68-year Daniel Rios of Tucson, Arizona, both sustained minor injuries and were transported to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.

The CHP does not suspect alcohol or drugs played a factor in the collision.

The collision remains under investigation.