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Eight injured in DUI crash near Modesto; two badly hurt

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Eight people, including two small children, were hurt in a crash Sunday afternoon southwest of Modesto. Most injuries were minor, the California Highway Patrol reported, but two women were badly hurt.

One driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. He also faces weapons charges, the CHP reported.

The crash occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. at West Grayson and Vivian roads. Michel Medina, 29, of Modesto was driving a 2008 Saturn Outlook west on Grayson, approaching Vivian. Usbaldo Santos-Estrada, 23, of Patterson was going north on Vivian in a 1994 Mazda B4000 and failed to stop at the stop sign, the CHP reported.

The front of the Mazda pickup struck the driver’s side of the Saturn SUV. The Mazda overturned and came to rest on the roadway. The Saturn was forced off the road and into metal fencing.

Both drivers and all their passengers were taken to hospitals by four ambulances and two helicopters.

Medina, the Saturn driver, was taken to Turlock’s Emanuel Medical Center with major injuries. With her in the SUV were 3-year-old Hugo Medina and 2-year-old Adrian Medina. Both boys suffered minor injuries, the CHP reported. Hugo was taken to Emanuel, and Adrian was flown to the children’s hospital at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

Santos-Estrada was taken to Doctors Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, the CHP said. He was placed under arrest but did not appear to have been booked into jail as of Monday morning. In addition to DUI, charges include possessing an assault weapon and possessing or knowingly transporting a machine gun, CHP spokesman Officer Thomas Olsen said.

Santos-Estrada’s passenger Reyna Zamora, 18, of Patterson suffered major injuries and also was taken to DMC.

Passengers Ricardo Ordaz, 29, of Hughson, Ashley Garcia, 26, of Waterford, and Claudia Hernandez, 18, of Patterson all suffered minor injuries. Ordaz and Garcia were taken to Memorial Medical Center, Hernandez to DMC.

Garcia, Hernandez and Zamora were not wearing seat belts, the CHP reported.

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