The California Highway Patrol reported that an 11-year-old boy died Saturday night after his father lost control of their vehicle and crashed on Interstate 5 a few miles northwest of Newman. The father and the three other passengers were injured.
The father was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of alcohol and murder and was booked at the Stanislaus County jail. CHP officer Rich Kennell identified the father as Guillermo Graciano, 47, of Lodi. He is being held without bail, according to the jail website.
Kennell said a 41-year-old woman and two teenage girls also were injured in the crash, which occurred about 7 p.m. near West Stuhr Road on the northbound side of the interstate. The woman sustained major injuries; one girl sustained minor and the other moderate injuries. Kennell said they were taken to Modesto hospitals. Information on their conditions was not available Sunday.
Graciano sustained minor injuries and was taken to a Modesto hospital, where he was medically cleared and arrested.
Kennell said everyone in the 1997 Dodge driven by Graciano is from Lodi, but he did not know the relationships among Graciano and the woman and two girls, who are 15 and 16.
Kennell said Graciano was driving in the fast lane and told officers one of the rear tires began to separate. But Kennell said officers found no evidence of that and attributed the crash to Graciano’s intoxication and high speed. Kennell said Graciano was driving about 85 mph when his vehicle rotated clockwise and went off the interstate and overturned several times before coming to a stop.
The 11-year-old boy was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the Dodge. Information on the vehicle type was not available.