A 20-year-old Turlock man was killed in a horrific head-on collision on Highway 108 near Knights Ferry on Thursday morning.
At about 8:30 a.m., Zachary Moore was driving a 2001 Infiniti sedan west near Kennedy Road while a 2015 Dodge flatbed truck was heading east. For an undetermined reason, the Infiniti veered across the double yellow lines into the eastbound lane and was struck by the truck, according to Tom Olsen of the California Highway Patrol.
Moore died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt, Olsen said. The driver of the pickup, Christian Prado, 30, of Patterson, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Oak Valley Hospital in Oakdale for treatment. He was walking and talking at the scene, Olsen said. The truck was carrying a load of syrup for beekeepers.
There was a dog – CHP officers said it appeared to be a pit bull – in the Infiniti that survived the wreck. Stanislaus County Animal Control picked up the animal.
The highway was closed near Kennedy Road as the crash was investigated and debris from both vehicles was strewn on the roadway. It reopened around noon, Olsen said.
Traffic on eastbound 108 stacked up, and many vehicles turned off on Orange Blossom Road to continue east at around 10 a.m..
There was no indication at the scene that drugs or alcohol factored in the collision, Olsen said.
This is the second fatal accident this month in the same area of Highway 108.
On Jan. 3, Eddie Fernando Gonzales Jr., 23, of Turlock, was killed when he lost control of his Jeep Grand Cherokee and drove into the path of a Chevy Tahoe, according to the CHP.
We'll have more on Thursday's wreck as information becomes available.