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Turlock woman hit by truck on highway after running out of gas

A truck veered off Highway 99, struck a vehicle and critically injured a Turlock woman who was outside her car because she had run out of gas.

The woman, identified by the California Highway Patrol as Robin Rae Roman, 63, sustained trauma to her head and abrasions on her right side. She was taken by an air ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.

The collision happened around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday along Highway 99, near Atwater Boulevard.

Roman had been driving a 2019 Nissan Versa southbound on Highway 99 when the car ran out of gas. She was able to drive the car off the highway and onto the shoulder. She was standing outside the vehicle at the time of the collision, the CHP reported.

A 2000 Chevy pick-up truck driven by Adonay Diaz Ascencio, 54, of Chowchilla was traveling southbound on Highway 99 and was approaching Roman’s disabled vehicle.

For an unknown reason, Ascencio allowed his truck to veer off the highway and it struck the Nissan and then Roman was hit. The CHP have yet to determine if Roman was hit by the Nissan or the Chevy.

The Chevy continued along the shoulder until overturning.

Ascension was taken by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto for a complaint of pain to his back.

The CHP stated drugs and alcohol were not thought to be factors in the collision. The investigation remains ongoing.