A Sacramento man died Saturday after he was ejected from a vehicle that veered off Highway 99 before crashing through a fence and into two redwood trees.
Authorities on Sunday had not released the name of the 42-year-old man who died after the single-vehicle crash. They were waiting for the man’s family to be properly notified.
The crash occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday on Highway 99, just south of the West Main Avenue exit in Turlock.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Gerardo Serrato said the man was heading south on the freeway when, for unknown reasons, his 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo left the road along the right side, crashing through the chain link fence and hitting the trees.
He said a witness could not confirm which lane the Sacramento man was in before his vehicle veered off the road or estimate the vehicle’s speed at the time of the crash.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee had made an unsafe turning movement to the right before the driver lost control of the vehicle, according to the CHP.
The Sacramento man was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, the CHP reported. The vehicle landed on its side on the west side of the freeway, Serrato said.
Medics pronounced the driver dead at the scene, according to the Turlock Fire Department which also responded to the reported crash.
Fire officials said another crash occurred in the same area after the Jeep Grand Cherokee veered off the road. The second crash resulted in minor injuries, and one person was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. There were no other details available about the second crash.
Investigators ask anyone who witnessed the deadly crash to call investigating Officer John Acevedo with the Modesto-area CHP office at (209) 545-7440.