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Turlock man dies in rainy highway collision
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Wet weather was to blame for a vehicle collision on Highway 99 on Saturday that caused the death of a Turlock man, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The deceased was identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office as Ernest Toste Costa Jr., 41, of Turlock.

The collision was reported at 8:42 a.m. Saturday on northbound Highway 99, near the Hatch Road exit.

Costa was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on the highway in the middle lane. To the right of Costa was a 2017 Toyota Prius, driven by an A. Morfin, 27, of Ceres.

The Prius was traveling at an estimated 60 miles per hour when it went through some standing water on the highway. Morfin turned his vehicle to the right, causing the right front of the Prius to strike the left rear of the Silverado, according to the CHP.

The CHP reported that it was raining at the time of the collision.

The impact sent the Silverado veering off to the right. It spun in a clockwise direction before it struck a raised curb and crashed through a chain link fence. It overturned into an open field, where it came to a rest.

Costa sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The CHP reported he was wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision.

Morfin and his passenger, K. Valdez, 25, of Ceres were not injured in the collision.

The investigation remains ongoing, It is believed that drugs and alcohol were not factors in the collision.