Moccasin man killed in head-on collision near Oakdale

OAKDALE — A 45-year-old man died Thursday morning after the car he was riding in collided with an oncoming pickup on Highway 108 just east of Lancaster Road, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The CHP did not release the man's name because his family had not been notified. The man was from Moccasin.

The crash occurred about 6:10 a.m. as the Moccasin man rode in the front passenger seat of a 1988 Honda Accord driven by Joseph G. Lopez, 27, of Copperopolis, according to officer Eric Parsons, a CHP spokesman.

The Honda was heading west on the highway as a 2001 Chevrolet pickup was heading in the opposite direction.

Jason W. Wood, 30, of Sonora, was alone in the pickup. Parsons said Wood fell asleep and the pickup veered into the oncoming lane into the path of the Honda. The vehicles collided.

Lopez suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Modesto's Memorial Medical Center.

Wood was not injured, the CHP reported.

All three men were wearing seat belts. Alcohol or drugs are not believed to have been a factor in the crash.

The highway was closed in both directions for about two hours. Crews from the Oakdale Fire Department and the Oakdale Rural Fire District responded to the crash.

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