A head-on collision on Crows Landing Road on Wednesday resulted in the death of a young Ceres man and serious injuries to a Newman woman, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The deceased was identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office as 21-year-old Timo Martinelli of Ceres.
The injured driver is Valerie Torres, 34, of Newman. She suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center.
The collision happened at 4:26 p.m. Wednesday on Crows Landing Road, south of Harding Avenue.
Torres was driving a 2019 Honda Civic southbound on Crows Landing and Martinelli was driving a 2003 Honda Accord northbound on Crows Landing.
For some unknown reason, Martinelli let his vehicle drift into the southbound lane, right in front of Torres’ vehicle. Torres didn’t have time to avoid the crash and the two cars collided head-on, according to the CHP.
The Honda Civic came to rest straddling the two lanes of traffic and the Honda Accord was facing northeast on the east side of the road. Both vehicles had sustained extensive front end damage, according to the CHP.
Martinelli was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The CHP would like to remind all motorists that seat belts, when worn correctly, have the ability to save your life in the event of a traffic accident,” said the CHP spokesperson, Constable Tom Olsen.
It is not known at this time whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.
Crows Landing Road has been temporarily closed between Harding Avenue and Bradbury Road. A detour has been put in place with minimal delays for motorists.