June 17, 2014

Two killed in north Modesto crash identified

Authorities on Tuesday identified the two people killed in a crash near Kaiser Modesto Medical Center in north Modesto on Monday evening as a 12-year-old girl and 48-year-old man.

Authorities identified the two people killed in a crash in north Modesto on Monday evening as a 12-year-old girl and 48-year-old man.

Ashleigh Wright, 12, of San Jose and Curtis Andrew Lanch, 47, of Santa Clara were killed when the Honda minivan they were in collided with a Dodge pickup near Kaiser Modesto Medical Center on Dale Road. The Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office released the names Tuesday morning.

According to police, the Honda was heading out of the hospital east on Kaiser Drive and the pickup was going south on Dale when the two collided. The crash was reported at 7:13 p.m.

A 14-year-old boy in the minivan suffered serious injuries and was listed in critical condition, Modesto police spokeswoman Heather Graves said Tuesday. A 36-year-old woman driving the minivan and a 43-year-old male passenger suffered minor injuries. Their names were not released.

The driver of the Dodge, who was alone in the truck, was not hurt.

“As is standard practice in a fatal vehicle collision, the Modesto Police Department Traffic Unit has initiated a comprehensive collision investigation,” Graves said in a news release. “This investigation is in the early stages and witness statements as well as physical evidence are being thoroughly evaluated before any collision factor or cause will be determined.”

She said neither alcohol nor drug use appears to be a factor.

This was the third fatal traffic crash this month and the eighth this year within the city of Modesto, Graves pointed out. A three-vehicle crash involving a city bus occurred Friday. Coroner’s officials on Tuesday released the name of the woman killed in that crash. She was Dorise Gallagher, 64, of Modesto. An investigation into that crash is continuing.

“As we enter the busiest driving time of the year, the Police Department reminds motorists to be respectful toward each other and follow the rules of the road,” traffic unit supervisor Sgt. Craig Breckenridge said in the release.

Lanch’s sisters said their brother and the others in the vehicle were on their way to go camping. Car trouble led them to stop at a friend’s house in Modesto, where Lanch made repairs to the minivan. They went to the hospital because someone in the party needed some medical attention. Curtis Lanch was not married and had no children; he lived with his father in Santa Clara.

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