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Modesto woman ID'd as victim in fatal July 4 crash

The Stanislaus County coroner's office on Wednesday released the name of a Modesto woman who died in an accident in rural Stanislaus County on the Fourth of July.

Laney Mota, 21, died when the car she was riding in was broadsided by a car that ran a stop sign, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

Five other Modesto residents were injured in the accident.

Laney Mota was a passenger in a 1999 Mazda driven by 27-year-old Shellie Mota. They were driving north on Carpenter Road between Patterson and Modesto.

Just as the Mazda entered the intersection of Carpenter and Monte Vista Avenue, a Toyota traveling west on Monte Vista collided with the passenger side of the Mazda.

The driver of the Toyota, Anthony Reyes, 21, had run a stop sign and was traveling at a high rate of speed, according to the CHP.

The Toyota continued in a westerly direction until it hit a fence and concrete irrigation cylinder, causing it to overturn. The Mazda was pushed to the northwest corner of the intersection, where it severed a power pole that landed on top of the car.

Laney Mota was pronounced dead at the scene. Shellie Mota was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto with major injuries.

Reyes and one of his passengers, Gary Deherrera, 19, were taken to Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock with moderate injuries. Two other passengers in the Toyota were taken to Doctors Medical Center. Edgar Rosales, 24, had major injuries and Carlos Montes, 18, had moderate injuries.

The accident is still under investigation but alcohol does not appear to have been a factor, according to the CHP.

Bee staff writer Erin Tracy can be reached at or (209) 578-2366.

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