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Denair collision kills one, injures another
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A collision Tuesday morning between two vehicles on a rural Denair road resulted in the death of one man and hospitalized another.

The deceased was identified as Adolfo Cortes-Verduzco, 47, of Riverbank. He was driving a 1990 Toyota truck, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The other driver was identified by the CHP as Jose Godoy Alvarez, 39, of Winton. Alvarez was driving a 2002 Dodge pickup.

The collision happened shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday on Bledsoe Road.

Alvarez was driving the Dodge northbound on Bledsoe, south of Keyes Road at a speed of 60 to 65 miles per hour. Cortes-Verduzco was driving the Toyota southbound on Bledsoe Road at an estimated speed of 55 miles per hour.

According to the CHP, Alvarez had passed traffic and was re-entering the northbound lane when he lost control at the crest of a hill on the roadway.

The back of the Dodge lost traction with the road and spun out of control into the southbound lane, where it struck the left side of the Toyota.

The Dodge continued to spin onto the dirt shoulder, where it came to a stop.

The force of the impact ejected Cortes-Verduzco out the rear window and onto the rear axle of the truck. The truck did not have a bed attached, the CHP reported.

Cortes-Verduzco sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, but the CHP said the force of the impact ripped the seatbelt from the latch plate.

Alvarez sustained minor injuries from the crash and was taken to Emanuel Medical Center, according to the CHP.

Driving under the influence was not considered a factor in the collision.