Minutes after committing an armed carjacking in Turlock, a man sustained major injuries when he blew through a stop sign and into the side of a big-rig trailer, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The crash occurred about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at the southbound Highway 99 offramp at South Avenue in Delhi. Turlock resident Eric Ramos, 21, had taken the offramp and failed to stop at the stop sign at South Avenue. He ran into a Wabash trailer pulled by a 2012 Freightliner heading west on South Avenue at about 15 mph.
Ramos was pinned in the 1999 Chevrolet Suburban until emergency personnel extracted him. He was airlifted to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto for treatment of internal and external injuries, the CHP said.
The driver of the big rig, 48-year-old Livingston resident Gursewak Singh, was not injured.
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The investigation revealed the Chevy had just been carjacked in the area of Clifford Avenue in Turlock. Turlock police arrived at the scene and determined Ramos was the suspect wanted in the carjacking. A handgun was found on the floorboard of the right front passenger area.
Police will conduct the carjacking investigation, the CHP the crash investigation.