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Two dead, three injured in Denair accident
Emergency personnel attempt to extract passengers from a car involved in a fatal crash at Barnhart Road and Santa Fe Avenue in Denair on Thursday. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER / The Courier
An accident along a stretch of country road in Denair on Thursday claimed the life of a little boy and a 40-year-old man, and left three others injured, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The deceased man was identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office as Brian Chapman of Manteca.
The coroner’s office did not release the name of the second victim because he is a minor. The 4-year-old boy was from Oakdale, according to the CHP.
The accident happened around 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Barnhart Road and Santa Fe Avenue in Denair and involved a 1992 Ford Crown Victoria and a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup truck.
The driver of the Crown Victoria, Bridget Knight, 35, of Oakdale was driving eastbound on Barnhart Road, approaching Santa Fe Avenue. Knight stopped at the posted stop sign, and then entered the intersection, directly into the path of the oncoming F-250 pickup truck, CHP spokesman Officer Eric Parsons said.
The truck slammed into the front and the right side of the Crown Victoria, causing it to crumple in on itself. All four occupants in the Crown Victoria were pinned in and emergency personnel had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate them.
Chapman was seated in the right front passenger seat and was pronounced dead at the scene, Parsons said.
The 4-year-old boy had been sitting in the middle rear sear and was wearing a seat belt, but was not restrained by a child safety seat appropriate for his age, Parsons said. He had major injuries and was rushed by ambulance to Emanuel Medical Center.
“Tragically the juvenile passenger succumbed to his injuries and died at the hospital,” Parsons said.
Knight and her third passenger, Nicole Overbay, 17, of Oakdale both had major injuries and were air-lifted to Doctors Medical Center and Memorial Medical Center, respectively. Both were listed in critical condition.
The driver of the F-250, Lindsey Plett, 26, of Denair had non-life threatening injuries and was treated at a local hospital, Parsons said.
The CHP does not suspect drugs or alcohol were a factor in the fatal collision.
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