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Santa Nella man, 20, suffers major injuries after car strikes power pole near Los Banos

The California Highway Patrol said a Santa Nella man suffered major injuries early Tuesday morning after his car struck a power pole because of “his level of intoxication.”

Israel Torres Garcia, 20, was driving his 1990 Nissan westbound on Ingomar Grade west of Sylvester Road at a high rate of speed, CHP said in a news release. He negotiated an “S” curve and, because of his level of intoxication, allowed his vehicle to travel off the roadway, the news release said.

He over-corrected to the left, and the Nissan traveled across the roadway while rotating in a counter-clockwise motion. The car traveled south off the roadway and onto the dirt shoulder.

The right side of the Nissan struck a transmission pole owned and maintained by PG&E. Garcia suffered major injuries, the news release said, and was flown to Memorial North Hospital in Modesto for treatment.

He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, according to the news release, which played “a contributing factor” in the extent of his injuries.

Garcia was alone in the car.

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