Crime

Mystery driver sought in wreck that left three with major injuries

Officials are looking for an unidentified vehicle that cut off five Livingston residents in a Jeep, leading to a crash that left a woman and two teenagers with major injuries.

Just before 5 p.m. Saturday, Rosa Chavez was driving north with four passengers on Highway 33 near Gun Club Road south of Gustine. As Chavez tried to pass slower vehicles by moving into the southbound lane, another vehicle pulled in front of her abruptly, according to the California Highway Patrol.

She lost control, and the 2004 Jeep went up on the west shoulder of the highway, then vaulted over an irrigation canal. The Jeep hit the edge of the canal and overturned.

Rosa Chavez, 55, Rebecca Chavez, 18, and Joanna Chavez, 15, received major injuries and were flown to area hospitals. Two men in the Jeep, ages 21 and 60, received minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Los Banos.

Three of the five were wearing seat belts.

The CHP asks anyone who may have seen the accident to call the Los Banos CHP at 826-3811.

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