An 87-year-old Gustine woman killed Saturday in a single vehicle crash near Modesto has been identified as Maria Soares, according to the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office.
The crash happened around 2:30 p.m after the driver of the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe, 56-year-old Maria Mendonca of Gustine, lost control after passing a tractor-trailer. The accident occurred on River Road near Crows Landing Road, according to the CHP.
The Chevy overturned two or three times and came to a rest on its wheels on the east shoulder of River Road.Mendonca was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto with severe injuries.
Soares was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected into a dirt field.
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DUI is not believed to have been a factor in the crash, CHP said.
— Sun-Star staff