The California Highway Patrol is investigating a felony hit-and-run that caused three vehicles to roll over on Highway 99 between G Street and Sierra Drive in Modesto at 6 p.m. Monday, authorities reported.
After the crash, witnesses told the CHP that a man in his mid-30s with a shaved head "jumped out of his car, yelled 'I'm really sorry,' then split," CHP Sgt. Ted Melden said.
The man who ran away on foot was driving a silver 2005 Saturn in the fast lane when he lost control, changed lanes and hit a red 2006 Chrysler van in the center lane. The van's driver, Xochitl Hardin, 30, of Modesto spun out, hit the guardrail in the center divider, then spun back and hit a pickup towing a travel trailer in the slow lane, Melden said. Dalwin Crosby, 62, and wife Gail, 54, of British Columbia were in the 1995 Dodge truck, which was towing the 34-foot trailer.
After the rollovers, Hardin was taken to Doctors Medical Center and Gail Crosby was taken to Memorial Medical Center. Both had minor injuries.
Lanes on northbound Highway 99 were closed at times to mark evidence, take measurements and allow tow trucks to turn the vehicles upright, Melden said. For most of the time, at least one lane was open. The backup extended to Crows Landing Road. The highway was clear by 8 p.m.