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Patricia Lopez,Clara Howells Obituary, 4 killed in Modesto area head-on crash identified

Patricia Lopez,Clara Howells Obituary – The four people killed Tuesday in a multi-vehicle crash in Stanislaus County have been identified. According to the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office, they are:

1-year-old Clara Howells of Turlock
19-year-old Angeles Escoto of Merced
22-year-old Francis Catano of Merced
60-year-old Patricia Lopez

The California Highway Patrol says it was called about a crash on McHenry Avenue just north of Hogue Road around 4 p.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival, responders found four vehicles with collision damage. CHP says its preliminary investigation found Escoto was driving a Mitsubishi sedan north in the #1 lane of McHenry Avenue. For unknown reasons, she entered the #2 lane and went back to the #1 lane before entering the southbound lanes and hitting a Toyota SUV driven by Lopez head-on.

A person driving a pickup truck southbound on McHenry hit both the Mitsubishi and Toyota while another person driving a Ram van hit the Mitsubishi. Escoto and her passenger, Francis Catano, were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV, Patricia Lopez, and her passenger, one-year-old Clara Howells, were taken to the hospital. Both died from their injuries. The drivers of the Ford and Ram were uninjured. It’s not known if drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.


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