Oakdale woman in fatal wreck identified

January 10, 2014 

The Oakdale woman who died in a wreck on Highway 108 on Thursday afternoon was identified by the Stanislaus County coroner’s office on Friday as 61-year-old Mary Morris. Morris was the passenger in a green Chevrolet pickup driven by her husband, 59-year-old Brian Morris. Their truck was facing west in the center turn lane, preparing to make a southbound turn onto Stearns Road, when it was hit from behind by a white Chevrolet pickup. The impact pushed the green Chevrolet into eastbound lanes where it was broadsided on the passenger side by an Acura MDX. Mary Morris suffered fatal injuries from the impact. Her husband had moderate injuries and was taken to an area hospital. The driver of the white pickup, 75-year-old Robert Arnett, suffered major injuries and was taken by helicopter to a Modesto hospital. The driver and passengers in the Acura had complaints of pain. The cause of the collision is still under investigation, but Oakdale police Officer Nick McKinnon said Arnett appears to be solely responsible and that speed and inattention appear to be factors.

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