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DUI crash in southwest Modesto leaves 4 with major injuries

A head-on, major-injury crash shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday in southwest Modesto involved a drunk driver, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A head-on, major-injury crash shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday in southwest Modesto involved a drunk driver, according to the California Highway Patrol. Modesto Fire Department

A 24-year-old Ceres woman faces DUI charges after causing a head-on, major-injury crash Tuesday morning in southwest Modesto, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The 4:50 a.m. collision was on South Carpenter Road between West Hatch Road and West Whitmore Avenue. It involved a red 1994 Chevy Silverado pickup and a white 1999 Saturn four-door sedan, according to the CHP.

Charysteena Urbina was driving northbound on Carpenter approaching Hatch Road when she allowed her Saturn to enter the southbound lane, investigators said. She drove into the path of the southbound Chevy, driven by a 42-year-old Modesto man, and the vehicles struck head-on.

The Silverado went off the west edge of the road. The Saturn came to rest on Carpenter Road.

The pickup driver was critically injured; his name has not been released. He was taken to Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

Urbina was taken to Doctors Medical Center with major injuries. She was placed under arrest but not booked because she required hospitalization, CHP spokesman Officer Thomas Olsen.

Her two passengers also suffered major injuries. Mariah Lujan, 23, of Ceres, was taken to Doctors Medical Center. Iliana Garcia Urbina, 20, of Modesto, was taken to Memorial.

The Modesto Fire Department reported that it took about 45 minutes to extricate the two drivers.

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