An early morning collision Tuesday on the outskirts of Turlock resulted in the death of a 29-year-old Hilmar man and an unborn baby, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The name of the deceased male has not been released, pending next of kin notification.
The collision between the 2014 Dodge Challenger and the 2012 Ford Fusion happened around 7:45 a.m. on Golden State Boulevard and Griffith Avenue.
The driver of the Ford Fusion was identified as a 24-year-old Turlock woman. She was eight months pregnant and had to undergo an emergency C-section following the collision, in which the baby did not survive, said CHP spokesman Officer Eric Zuniga.
The Ford Fusion was traveling westbound on Golden State Boulevard and the Dodge Challenger was stopped at a stop sign on Griffith Avenue. For an unknown reason, the driver of the Challenger entered the intersection directly into the path of the Ford Fusion, Zuniga said.
The Ford Fusion struck the driver’s side of the Dodge.
A Medi-Flight helicopter landed at the scene, but emergency responders decided an ambulance was the better option for the 29-year-old and he was rushed to Emanuel Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries.
The 24-year-old woman was rushed to a hospital by witnesses to the crash. She is expected to recover from the injuries she sustained, according to the CHP.
Along with the CHP, Merced County Fire, Turlock Rural Fire Department and Turlock Fire Department all responded to the scene.
It’s unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were factors in the collision. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Officer Eric Zuniga at 356-6608.