UPDATE - Two teenagers remained hospitalized Thursday afternoon after they were injured Wednesday when a big rig collided with a car driven by a 13-year-old Modesto boy several miles west of Keyes, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Javier Arcos was driving a 1989 Ford Thunderbird that crashed with the big rig hauling two trailers of peach pits, according to the CHP.
The boy suffered major injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Hospital officials would not release any details about his condition without parental consent.
Two passengers from Modesto were riding with the boy in the car. Everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seat belt.
The CHP said passenger Lucero Orona Arcos, 15, suffered major internal injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. An update on her condition was not available, and her relation to the driver was unclear.
The boy’s mother, 48-year-old Antonia Orona Arcos, was also a passenger in the car, but she was not injured. An initial CHP report that she was injured was not correct.
Jose Antonio Mejia, 45, of Modesto suffered minor injuries in the crash and sought his own aid. Mejia was driving a 1999 Peterbilt two-axle big rig.
The crash occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. at Vivian and Keyes roads. It was unclear to the CHP why the boy was driving without a license.
The Thunderbird had stopped at a stop sign at Keyes Road, the CHP reported. There is no stop sign for traffic traveling on Keyes.
The car then continued south and entered the intersection, attempting to cross Keyes Road. The big rig was heading west on Keyes Road. Mejia saw the car and stepped on his brakes.
The big rig struck the driver side of the car, causing major intrusion into the car’s cabin. The car came to rest on its driver’s side in a field near the road.
There was no indication that alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. The CHP expects to cite the boy for driving without a license.
KEYES — Three people were seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when a big rig collided with a car driven by a 13-year-old boy several miles west of town, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The boy and a young female riding in the car suffered major injuries and were taken by helicopter to a hospital, said CHP officer Robert Daniels. Their names were not released.
The third occupant in the car, 48-year-old Antonia Arcos of Modesto, suffered minor to moderate injuries in the crash. She was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
Daniels said the big-rig driver was not injured. His name was unavailable Wednesday evening.
The crash occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. at Vivian and Keyes roads. The boy was driving a Ford Thunderbird south on Vivian. It was unclear to the CHP why the boy was driving without a license.
Daniels said the Thunderbird had stopped at a stop sign at Keyes Road. He said there is no stop sign for traffic traveling on Keyes, and there is a sign that says so at the intersection.
The car then continued south and entered the intersection, attempting to cross Keyes Road. The big rig hauling two trailers of peach pits was heading west on Keyes Road and struck the car.
"He couldn't avoid hitting the car and wasn't able to stop," Daniels said about the big rig's driver.
The car came to rest on its driver's side in a field near the road.
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2394.
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