Crime

July 13, 2013

Police arrest Los Banos woman after two injured in car crash

Authorities arrested a 36-year-old Los Banos woman after a crash that left two other women with major injuries near Snelling on Friday.

Authorities arrested a 36-year-old Los Banos woman after a crash that left two other women with major injuries near Snelling on Friday.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Dianne J. Falasco was speeding on Highway 59 north of Snelling Road in a 2004 Ford Expedition when the crash occurred just before 2:45 p.m. Falasco, heading north, reportedly drove into the southbound lane and into the path of a 2008 Chrysler 300 driven south by Nellie McGarry, 57, of Merced.

McGarry and a passenger in her car, Rian Lawrence, 38, of Cheyenne, Wyo., suffered major injuries. Falasco suffered moderate injuries; she was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.

Falasco and Lawrence were taken to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto for treatment; McGarry was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.

The road was closed for two hours after the crash.

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