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Wreck in west Modesto sends 3 teens to hospital

This Highlander collided with a car and was knocked into a yard, where it hit a bystander before striking the house.
This Highlander collided with a car and was knocked into a yard, where it hit a bystander before striking the house. Modesto Bee

Three teenagers were hurt Tuesday afternoon when a sport utility vehicle collided with a car, then veered off the road and crashed into a home near Modesto High School.

The teens suffered minor injuries and were taken to Modesto hospitals, said Sgt. Brian Findlen, a Modesto police spokesman. One of the injured teens was a boy standing in his front yard.

The crash occurred shortly after 2 p.m. at California Avenue and South Madison Street in west Modesto.

Manita Tobar, 21, of Salida was driving a white Acura north on Madison, while Jose Gonzalez, 18, of Modesto, was driving a Toyota Highlander west on California, police said.

The intersection has stop signs for Madison traffic only, but it was unclear to police whether Tobar made a complete stop. Findlen said Tobar's car had just entered the intersection when Gonzalez's speeding SUV went through it.

He said it appeared the Acura's right front end scraped the Highlander before the SUV veered to the right, went through a chain-link fence, struck a 15-year-old boy standing in the front yard and crashed into the house on the northwest corner.

The boy was conscious when he was taken to the hospital. He suffered broken bones, Findlen said.

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The SUV crashed into a back bedroom of the house, but did not hit anyone inside, police said. Tobar parked the Acura and waited to speak with investigators at the scene. She and a teenage boy riding with her were not injured.

Gonzalez and his front seat passenger, a 15-year-old boy who appeared to be his younger brother, suffered minor injuries. Police did not release the names of the minors involved in the accident.

There were no indications that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision, and nobody was arrested or cited at the scene, Findlen said.

It appeared both drivers had just picked up passengers at Modesto High before the accident, he said.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or 578-2394.

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