A Livingston woman was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer Friday afternoon on Highway 99, just south of Lander Avenue in Turlock.
The name of the deceased was not released pending next of kin notification. She was 51 years old and from Livingston, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The collision was reported to the CHP at 1:27 p.m. Friday at was on southbound Highway 99, south of Lander Avenue.
The Livingston woman was driving a 2011 Buick SUV and collided with a 2020 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by Daljit Singh, 54, of Bakersfield.
According to the CHP, Singh started experiencing a mechanical issue with his vehicle and pulled onto the west shoulder of Highway 99.
The Buick was headed southbound on the highway in the number three lane and for an unknown reason the driver allowed the vehicle to drift onto the west shoulder, directly toward the Kenworth.
The front of the Buick collided with the rear end of the Kenworth before coming to a stop, the CHP reported.
The woman was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained major injuries. She was rushed by ground ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, where she succumbed to her injuries.
“Due to the lack of intrusion inside the Buick, it is believed [she] would have survived the collision if she was properly restrained,” said CHP spokesman Officer Tom Olsen. “The CHP would like to remind all motorists that seatbelts, when worn properly, have the ability to save lives when involved in a collision.”
Singh was not injured in the crash.
It is unknown at this time if alcohol and/or drugs contributed to this collision.
The collision remains under investigation.