Oakdale woman killed in three-car crash on Highway 108

etracy@modbee.comJanuary 9, 2014 

— An Oakdale woman was killed and her husband injured Thursday afternoon in a three-car wreck on Highway 108 in Oakdale.

The couple were in a green 1994 Chevrolet pickup in the center turn lane of Highway 108, facing west and preparing to make a southbound turn onto Stearns Road at about 1:30 p.m., said Oakdale Police Officer Nick McKinnon.

A white Chevrolet pickup driven by Robert Arnett, 75, of Oakdale was traveling west on Highway 108 when he reportedly veered into the center turn lane and crashed into the right rear of the couple’s pickup.

The impact sent the couple’s pickup into the eastbound lanes, where its right side was hit by an oncoming Acura MDX.

The impact killed the passenger of the green Chevy, a 61-year-old Oakdale woman, McKinnon said. Her husband was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with moderate injuries. Their names were not released because some family members had not been notified Thursday evening.

The driver and passenger of the Acura, both from the Bay Area, were not injured.

Arnett suffered major injuries and was taken by helicopter to Doctors Hospital.

“The cause is still under investigation, but preliminary investigation appears (to indicate) Arnett will be solely responsible for the collision,” McKinnon said.

Officers remained at the scene for about five hours investigating the crash.

Bee staff writer Erin Tracy can be reached at etracy@modbee.com or (209) 578-2366. Follow her on Twitter @ModestoBeeCrime.

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