One man died and another was seriously injured when their car veered off Highway 132 to avoid colliding with a big rig Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The CHP said the eastbound tractor-trailer entered the westbound lane, in which the car was traveling. The truck didn't stop, and officers were looking for the driver Friday, the CHP said.
One of the men in the car died at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto on Thursday evening.
About 5:40 a.m. Thursday, Peter Felicitas, 53, and Jeffrey Sezekorn, 49, both of Modesto, were traveling in a 1999 Toyota Camry west on the highway to their jobs as letter carriers in Pleasanton, said Andrea Robles, 29, Felicitas' daughter.
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Felicitas was driving and Sezekorn was the front seat passenger, the CHP reported.
A motorist behind the car told CHP officers the Camry was just west of the Old Fisherman's Club on a straight part of the highway when a white big rig hauling a trailer heading east veered into the westbound traffic lane.
Felicitas swerved the Camry to the right to avoid a collision and corrected to the left, but lost control of the car, according to the CHP. Officers said the Camry then veered to the right and off the highway's north shoulder, where it went down an embankment and hit a tree.
Felicitas suffered moderate injuries, and he was at Doctors Medical Center where his condition had improved, Robles said Friday night.
Felicitas was wearing a seat belt, the CHP reported. It was unclear whether Sezekorn was wearing a seat belt.
Sezekorn suffered major injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital about 5 p.m. Thursday, Robles said. Sezekorn was on life support Friday night because he is an organ donor, she said.
Anyone who has information about this incident can call the Modesto-area CHP office at 545-7440.
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2394.