18-year-old arrested in fiery fatal crash west of Turlock

A teenager faces charges of vehicular manslaughter in a DUI-related crash Sunday morning that killed a driver Sunday morning several miles west of Turlock.

Hayward resident Alejandro Valdovinos, 18, was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence resulting in injury or death to another, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Just before 7 a.m. Sunday, Valdovinos was eastbound on West Main Street west of South Carpenter Road. A witness told the CHP the car, a 2017 Ford Mustang, passed him at high speed.

The driver of a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze also was in the eastbound lane, stopped at the stop sign at South Carpenter. The Mustang drove into the rear of the Cruze, and the impact caused both cars to catch fire.

CHP investigators found no evidence the Mustang’s driver braked.

A passerby pulled Valdovinos and his passenger, 19-year-old Enrique Valdovinos of Turlock, from the Mustang, the CHP reported. Enrique Valdovinos suffered severe abdominal injuries. Alejandro Valdovinos has minor abrasions and contusions to his arms and abdomen.

The driver of the Cruze was pronounced dead at the scene. Initially, it was unclear whether the driver was a man or woman because of the severe burns suffered, CHP Officer Clint Brown said.

The victim is a male who has since been identified, the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office reported. But his name was withheld Monday afternoon pending notification of family.