A 48-year-old woman is dead after her car was struck early this morning by a wrong-way driver in the northbound lane of Highway 99 near Delhi, the California Highway Patrol reported.
A 19-year-old man was arrested for being under the influence and causing the crash, according to Officer Shane Ferriera, CHP spokesman. The victim has been identified as Sandra Isbell, an Atwater resident, according to the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office.
The crash was reported around 1:15 a.m. near Bradbury Road. Atwater resident Khushdeep Gill was driving a 1999 Honda Accord southbound in the northbound lane of the highway at about 65 to 75 mph. Isbell was driving a 2003 Honda Civic northbound in the slow lane of the highway. The cars collided head-on, and came to rest on the right shoulder of the highway, Ferriera said.
The victim was flown to Doctors Medical Center Modesto, where she died.
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Gill, who had minor injures, was taken to Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock. He was later booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
Gill is being held at the Merced County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.