Two-car crash in Livingston area claims one man

A 22-year-old man died at a Modesto hospital after a two-car crash in the Livingston area Thursday afternoon, California Highway Patrol reported.

The victim's name hasn't been released, pending notification of his family. The second driver in the crash suffered minor injures and no passengers were in either car, according to Officer John Patterson, CHP spokesman.

The incident was reported at 2:15 p.m. at Central and Livingston avenues. The victim, who is a Merced resident, was driving a black 1994 Honda Civic east on Liberty Avenue, approaching Central Avenue at about 25 mph. Meanwhile, 41-year-old Reginald Bronson of Winton was driving a 1996 Ford Windstar south on Central Avenue, approaching Liberty Avenue, at about 55 mph.

The intersection is controlled by stop signs on Liberty Avenue only. The victim failed to stop for the posted stop sign on Liberty Avenue and traveled into the intersection, directly into the path of the Ford. The front of the Ford collided with the driver's side of the Honda, Patterson said.

The victim was flown to a Modesto hospital with major injuries and later died.

DUI was not a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

-- Sun-Star staff