A Westley woman died Tuesday night from injuries she suffered in a two-vehicle, pin-in crash at Sycamore and Eucalyptus avenues near Patterson earlier in the day.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department responded to the crash shortly after noon Tuesday. Investigating deputies determined that Sandra Ramirez-Velez, 34, was driving east on Eucalyptus in an SUV, said department spokesman Deputy Royjindar Singh. She had a stop sign at Sycamore. Turlock resident Sergio Solorio, 33, was driving a full-size Chevy pickup on Sycamore, which does not have a stop sign.
It has not been determined whether Ramirez-Velez ran her stop sign or misjudged Solorio’s speed and distance from the intersection and pulled into his path, Singh said.
She had to be extricated from her vehicle and was in critical condition when taken to a hospital, where she later died, Singh said. Solorio suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene, Singh said. Neither driver had any passengers.
At 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team still was working the scene, Singh said, and a tow truck was working to clear the vehicles.
A resident of the area, Tim Wilford, said better traffic control is needed at the intersection. “What is the cost to put in another stop sign?” he said. Big rigs always are roaring along Sycamore, Wilford said, and there have been many crashes, including a few fatalities, there in the past decade.
In October 2014, a 30-year-old Turlock woman, Kristee Renee Moseli, was driving a Smart car west on Eucalyptus when she ran the stop sign at Sycamore. She was broadsided by a big rig hauling an empty cattle trailer and was pronounced dead at the scene.
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