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3 still hospitalized after Tuesday crash on 99

Three of five people injured in a vehicle accident Tuesday remained hospitalized Wednesday afternoon as the California Highway Patrol sorted out details of the collision that forced one car off the road, crashing into a tree along Highway 99 in Modesto.

Keslee Marie Nelson, 19, of Modesto was driving a white 2002 Acura that went off the highway near Kansas Avenue, overturned and crashed into the tree, the CHP reported.

The crash occurred about 3:10 p.m. in the highway's southbound lanes.

Nelson was driving the Acura south in the left lane behind a silver 2001 BMW. The CHP reported Nelson moved into the middle lane to go around the BMW, but the traffic was slow in the middle lane.

Nelson then tried to move her car back into the left lane but was not able to safely pass the BMW, the CHP said.

The Acura's left rear hit the BMW's right front end. The BMW then struck the highway's cement center divide, while the Acura turned in a southwesterly direction across the southbound lanes before the car went off the roadway and crashed into the tree.

Nelson was not wearing a seat belt and was pinned inside the car until emergency personnel were able to extricate her. She suffered major injuries and was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, where she was listed in stable condition Wednesday.

There were three passengers in the Acura: Brandon Lee Fairchilds, 21; Camron Sutton, 9; and Alyssa Nelson, 1, all of Modesto.

Fairchilds and Camron were wearing seat belts and suffered major injuries. Fairchilds was taken by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, where he was listed in fair condition Wednesday.

Camron was taken by air ambulance to University of California Medical Center in Sacramento, where he was listed in serious condition Wednesday.

Alyssa Nelson was riding in a child safety seat, suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center. She was not at the hospital Wednesday afternoon.

Isabel Marie Chavez, 29, of Ceres was driving the BMW. She also suffered minor injuries and was taken to Doctors Medical Center. She was no longer at the hospital Wednesday afternoon.

Jose Isaias, 31, of Ceres was a passenger in the BMW. He was not injured. Chavez and Isaias were wearing their seat belts.

Reports by the CHP on Tuesday indicated a third vehicle was involved in the crash based on initial witness accounts. After officers spoke to witnesses a second time, the investigators learned only two cars were involved in the accident, said officer Eric Parsons, a CHP spokesman.

"There was no third car," Parson said. "Some of the witnesses were initially unclear. We just had to sort it all out."

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or 578-2394.

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