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Community mourns life lost in collision
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Carter Nelson, 20, died on Tuesday.

Carter Nelson, the young Turlock man involved in a solo collision Monday night, has died from his injuries.

Nelson, 20, died on Tuesday according to friends and family.

Nelson was driving his 2003 Honda Civic southbound on Claus Road in Modesto when he suddenly lost control of the car.

The Civic traveled off the road and struck a tree, said Modesto Police Department spokesperson Sharon Bear. Speed is believed to have been a factor in the collision, Bear said.

Nelson is the son of Erin and Bryan Nelson. Erin Nelson is the director of Jessica’s House in Turlock.

Linda Stumher, the chief executive officer and president of EMC Health, Inc., which oversees Jessica’s House, released this statement on behalf of Jessica’s House:

“Carter was bright, creative, and kind. He was just 20 years old when he died on Tuesday night in an accident. He dreamed of many things, including becoming a professional engine builder. He lived with gusto and loved revving his engine and fast cars. Carter found great joy building motors, working on cars, and helping others with theirs. His hands were always covered in grease.

“He also loved singing, playing the piano and songwriting. He was purposeful and focused. He was authentic, articulate, and compassionate. Carter Nelson will live forever in the deepest part of our hearts. The black and white checkered flag has been waved. Carter has crossed the finish line.”