By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Wrong way driver identified as Turlock man
wrongway driver crash
The Turlock Fire Department responded to the fiery crash that resulted in the death of a Turlock man (Photo contributed).

The driver who went the wrong way on Highway 99 and died in a fiery head-on crash has been identified as a Turlock resident.

The deceased was identified as Armando Beltran, 54, of Turlock.

The collision happened at 3:18 a.m. Tuesday on northbound Highway 99, near Lander Avenue, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Beltran was driving a white sedan southbound in a northbound lane at an unknown rate of speed when the vehicle collided head-on with a Tesla Model Y that was traveling north at approximately 70 miles per hour.

The impact sent the sedan spinning in a southerly direction. It overturned onto the right side and caught on fire, according to the CHP. Beltran died at the scene.

The Tesla came to a rest facing west across two northbound lanes. It had sustained major front-end damage.

The driver of the Tesla, Thomas Guerrero, 37, of Escalon sustained major injuries and was taken by ambulance to Emanuel Medical Center.

A 6-year-old boy in the Tesla was taken to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera with moderate injuries. The investigation is ongoing, though the CHP does believe alcohol was a factor in the collision.