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Moped driver dies in Turlock collision

A collision on W. Main Street between a sedan and a moped resulted in the death of a Turlock man Sunday night, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The deceased has been identified as Miguel Naranjo, 38, of Turlock.

The collision was reported at 9:46 p.m. Sunday on W. Main Street, west of Washington Road.

Naranjo was driving a 2008 Fantic Motor Lei moped eastbound on W. Main Street. A 2017 Honda sedan driven by Cassidy Bessey, 18, of Turlock was also traveling eastbound on W. Main, behind the moped.

According to the CHP, Bessey did not see the moped and the front of the Honda struck the back of the moped. It’s unknown at this time how fast both vehicles were traveling at the time of impact.

The force of the impact threw Naranjo off the moped and onto the roadway.

CPR was started on Naranjo by a citizen and taken over by a Turlock Police officer and then emergency personnel. Naranjo was taken by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center with major injuries. He later died at the hospital.

Naranjo was not wearing a helmet and “the moped did not have the required lighting to be driven on the highway per the vehicle code,” said CHP spokesman Officer Tom Olsen.

Bessey remained at the scene and has been cooperating with investigators.