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Alcohol Involved Fatal Head-On Freeway Collision

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Wrong way driver dies in Highway 99 auto acciident.

A pickup, headed the wrong way on Highway 99 near Atwater, collided head-on into another vehicle before it was hit by a third vehicle. The driver of the pickup, Octavio Garcia Sereno, 34, of Atwater, died in the Saturday night automobile accident. The investigating officers said that Sereno was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.

Only moments before the fatal collision California Highway Patrol officers were responding to a reports of a wrong-way driver. All this according to a story in the Merced Sun-Star.

The pickup truck driven by Sereno headed southbound, collided head-on with a northbound car driven by Esperanza De Becerra, 46, of Atwater in the northbound lanes of Highway 99 at Central Avenue. Sereno’s truck was then hit by a third vehicle driven by Gamaliel Galindo Jr., 30, of Merced.

De Becerra suffered major injures and was airlifted to a Modesto hospital. Yesenia Arana, 14, of Atwater, a passenger in De Becarra’s car, was taken to a Modesto hospital as well, having suffered major injuries. Both were wearing seat belts. Galindo was not injured.

Please do not drink and drive, the life you save may be your own. Please wear your seat belt, the life you save, will be your own.