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Hughson man killed in Turlock crash
Matthew Staack
Matthew Staack, 32, of Hughson died in a solo car collision early Sunday morning (Journal file photo).

A single vehicle crash early Sunday in Turlock claimed the life of a Hughson man, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The deceased was identified as Matthew Staack, 32, of Hughson.

The collision happened at 12:14 a.m. Sunday on Vincent Avenue, north of East Avenue in Turlock.

Staack was driving a 2020 Dodge Durango northbound on Vincent Avenue at a high rate of speed, according to the CHP.

For an as yet unknown reason, the Dodge drifted to the left of the road and went off the shoulder. Staack over corrected and the Dodge veered to the right and off the east shoulder.

The Dodge went off the road and struck a power pole and then continued into an orchard, where it overturned and collided with several trees before coming to a stop on its roof.

The CHP said Staack was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the Dodge during the crash. He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

It's unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision. The investigation is ongoing.

Staack was a Pitman High School graduate. Family and friends reached out on social media to express their shock and grief at the sudden loss of Staack.

“Matt was a bright light, everyone’s best friend. He was one of a kind,” his sister, KT Staack Dorsett posted on Facebook.

“Big thanks to your brother for being one of a kind in high school. Matt taught everyone to just have fun. He wanted to share every experience with as many people as possible. Whether it was everyone in his Tacoma at Jack in the box or Wendy’s was on him after the game. Every time I would run into him he made me feel welcomed and apart of the guys. I am sure I speak for a lot of people but hanging out with him was the better part of being kid. Gonna miss him and cherish the memories,” posted Joseph Cano on Staack Dorsett’s Facebook post about her brother.

— Kristina Hacker contributed to this report.