The Stanislaus County coroner's office has identified a man who died in a two-vehicle crash outside Ceres on Monday afternoon as Saul Avalos, 20, of Delhi.
The crash killed Avalos and left a second man, Arnoldo Chavez Jr., in critical condition, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Avalos was a passenger in a car that Chavez of Modesto was driving.
The driver of the other vehicle, Troy Delgado, 29, of Turlock, reported minor injuries, according to the CHP.
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It's the first fatality of the year for the CHP in Stanislaus County, officials said.
The accident was reported at 2:18 p.m. on Crows Landing Road just south of East Service Road. It involved a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup and a red Honda S2000 sports car, said officer Tom Killian. The passenger in the Honda was confirmed dead at the scene.
Chavez, the Honda's driver, was taken to Doctors Medical Center with major injuries. He is in critical condition, Killian said.
The Silverado's driver, Delgado, sustained minor injuries. He told authorities he would seek his own medical care, according to the CHP.
Killian said the Honda was heading south on Crows Landing and appears to have tried to pass slower-moving traffic, possibly as the road's two southbound lanes merged into one.
Chavez lost control while passing and appears to have spun into the northbound lane. The sports car was facing north but sliding south, Killian said. The pickup ran into the back of the sports car.
Speed may have been a factor in the collision, as the Honda accelerated to pass the slower-moving traffic, but neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have been involved, Killian said. The road was wet, but it was not raining.