Weekend auto collisions kill Atwater man, injure 5

Fatal crash reported near Catheys Valley

September 2, 2013 

At least two large crashes have been reported over the Labor Day weekend, including one that took the life of a 20-year-old Atwater man, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The fatal crash was reported around 12:45 a.m. Sunday on Highway 140, west of Agua Fria Road, north of Catheys Valley. The victim's name hasn't been released, pending notification of his family.

The victim was driving a 2007 GMC Sierra pickup westbound on Highway 140 at a high rate of speed. For an unknown reason, the vehicle left the roadway and traveled up the north shoulder embankment, according to the CHP.

The GMC overturned several times and the driver, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle. The driver was taken to John C. Fremont Hospital, where he died.

The other crash was reported about 11:08 a.m. Saturday in the Livingston area on southbound Highway 99.

The CHP said Larry Sabo, 45, of Atwater was driving a 2013 Toyota Corolla southbound on the highway, north of Westside Boulevard.

The Corolla was approaching a 2012 Lexus, driven by Jaimie Reynaga, 41, of Castro Valley, according to the CHP.

Sabo's Corolla was traveling at an unknown speed when it lost control, striking the rear of the Lexus, which was carrying three passengers, the CHP reported.

The Corolla traveled down the west shoulder of the roadway, down the embankment and overturned, officers said. The impact of the collision also sent the Lexus down the embankment.

The driver of the Corolla suffered major injuries and was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. The occupants of the Lexus were taken to a Modesto hospital for treatment of minor and moderate injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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