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Turlock man dies in morning accident on Highway 99 in Delhi

A 27-year-old Turlock man was identified as the victim in a fatal car crash this morning on Highway 99 in Delhi, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP did not release the name of the victim pending notification of family.

A big rig and a car also were inolved in the accident, but nobody in those vehicles suffered injuries, the CHP reported.

According to a CHP report, at 6:40 a.m., the Turlock man was driving his Nissan Pathfinder south in the northbound right lane of the highway near South Avenue.

Traveling at an estimated 50 to 60 mph, the Pathfinder struck a 2010 Freightliner big rig, which was traveling at about 55 mph.

The Pathfinder then spun into the left lane, hitting the front of a 2003 Lexus driven by Michela C. Furuti, 27, of Pflugerville, Texas.

The big rig, driven by Luis Rosales of Bakersfield, and the Pathfinder came to a stop on the highway, blocking both lanes. Furuti was able to drive the Lexus to the right shoulder.

All involved in the crash were wearing seat belts.

It’s unknown at this point of the CHP investigation if alcohol and-or drugs played a role in the crash.

Also escaping injury was Ignacio S. Holguin, of Bakersfield, who was a passenger in the big rig.

The accident created gridlock in the area throughout the morning commute. The CHP had the highway open to all traffic by 9:20 a.m.

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