A Modesto man died late Friday when a vehicle struck his pickup and sent it flying about 25 feet before rolling several times in a north Modesto neighborhood, police said.
The 33-year-old man was ejected from his Ford Ranger as it rolled. He was pronounced dead at the scene, said Modesto police Sgt. Ed Steele.
The man was on his way home from work when the crash occurred, Steele said. Modesto police did not release the driver's name pending family notification.
Steele said Jose Alfredo Romero, 23, of Modesto was driving the Chevrolet Silverado pickup that hit the Ford shortly before midnight at Bowen and Sherwood avenues.
Romero suffered serious injuries from the impact, which forced the Chevrolet to crash into the front of a house on the southeast corner of the intersection. Steele said Romero was treated at a Modesto hospital Saturday and may face charges.
Modesto police investigators said Romero appeared to be under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred, and officers were awaiting blood test results Saturday afternoon.
A nearby resident had called police to report reckless drivers running stop signs and speeding near the area of the crash, Steele said. An officer was driving to the area to investigate when police received a second call reporting the crash.
Steele said the driver of the Ford was traveling south on Sherwood and had stopped at the stop sign before entering the intersection.
As the Ford crossed Bowen, Romero was driving the Chevrolet east on Bowen about 70 mph in a 25 mph zone, Steele said.
Steele said Romero did not stop for the stop sign at the intersection, and the Chevrolet struck the Ford's passenger-side door.
The Chevrolet crashed into the house and caused significant property damage, Steele said.
Emergency responders found the Ford driver lying on a nearby lawn and his pickup overturned.
Modesto police closed the intersection to traffic until 7 a.m. Saturday as officers investigated the crash.
Modesto police ask anyone with information about this crash to call officer Jeff Hopkins at 572-9592.
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at email@example.com or 578-2394.