Crime

Officials identify Denair woman killed in rollover

Authorities have released the name of the 49-year-old Denair woman who died Sunday in a rollover accident on South Hickman Road about a mile north of Keyes Road.

The California Highway Patrol identified her today as Rosa Jimenez.

Her husband, Francisco DeLaCruz, 50, was riding in the front passenger seat of the Toyota Corolla. He was not hurt, according to CHP officer Robert Daniels. Both were wearing seat belts.

"It's just one of those things," said Daniels. "It's hard to explain. I couldn't tell you why one person died and why one survived."

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said the couple recently moved to Denair from Waterford.

It's possible Jimenez suffered a "diabetic emergency" just before the crash, Daniels said, but the coroner's office had not confirmed this information. An autopsy may be performed today, he added.

Authorities do not believe drugs or alcohol contributed to the accident, which took place just before 1:30 p.m. when the couple's car was heading south on Hickman.

Authorities say Jimenez lost control of the Toyota for unknown reasons, ran off the road and overcorrected before rolling the car. The Toyota landed about 4,000 feet, or less than a mile, north of Keyes, according to the CHP.

Daniels said Jimenez was driving about 50 mph. The posted speed limit is 55 mph. He said he does not believe speed was a factor in the crash.

Jimenez was pronounced dead at the crash site, according to the CHP. Hickman was closed at Whitmore and Keyes while authorities examined the area.

The accident remains under investigation.

Bee staff writer Emilie Raguso can be reached at eraguso@modbee.com or 578-2235.



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