Collision Fatally Injures Two Near Westley

Collision Fatally Injures Two Near Westley

Collision Fatally Injures Two Near Westley

Collision Fatally Injures Two Near Westley — A head-on collision along the Delta-Mendota Canal Bridge near Westley claimed the lives of two people and left three others injured on October 5, 2018. Officials responding to the scene found three individuals from the two vehicles involved in the collision suffering from serious injuries. Unfortunately, two others succumbed to their injuries at the scene. The victims have been identified by officials as 38-year-old Stephen Covarrubias of Ceres and 29-year-old Victor Vargas of Patterson.

I would like to take this moment to extend my sincere thoughts and condolences to the grieving families affected by this tragic accident.

Accident Details

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accident occurred shortly after 5:00 in the afternoon. A 20-year-old Patterson woman was driving her Chevrolet Trailblazer with one other passenger westbound along Howard Road near Henderson Road. At the same time, a Toyota Corolla carrying three occupants was traveling eastbound along Howard Road. For unknown reasons, the Chevrolet veered off the road and went into the gravel and dirt shoulder. The Chevrolet driver attempted to correct the vehicle by turning to the left to return to the road but entered the eastbound lane in the direct path of the Toyota. Both drivers were unable to react in time and collided head-on. The impact of the collision caused both vehicles to come to a rest along the eastbound lane of Howard Road along the Delta-Mendota Canal Bridge.


Medical personnel was called to the scene to render aid to the parties injured in the accident. The Chevrolet driver and her passenger, a 21-year-old Patterson man, were both taken to the Memorial Medical Center in Modesto for treatment of major injuries. One passenger of the Toyota was also transported to a hospital in Modesto where he was listed in critical condition. The two other people involved in the collision, identified as the driver and passenger of the Toyota, were declared deceased at the scene.

Loved One Forever Remembered

Stephen Covarrubias was a beloved friend and member of his family. He touched the lives of many he encountered, including those in the automotive industry he excelled in. He will be forever remembered by his loved ones for his kind and loving soul. A GoFundMe account has been established to cover his funeral expenses and help his family through this difficult time.

Legal Assistance Following a Collision Fatality

Suffering the loss of a loved one is one of the most challenging experiences to undergo in life. When a loved one loses his or her life in an accident caused by a negligent driver, an experienced wrongful death attorney may be able to assist. An attorney can investigate further into the crash to properly determine liability and present a strong case for fair compensation for surviving family members. While this cannot bring a loved one back, it can help a family move forward without the financial hardships they may encounter otherwise.

Modesto Car Accident Lawyers

I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto car accident lawyer. Car accidents can create life-changing consequences for those affected. If you were injured or if a loved one was killed in a crash due to the negligent actions of another party, I am here to provide you with compassionate, free and friendly legal advice on your situation. Please feel free to give me a call at (209) 227-1931 locally or (800) 404-5400 when calling outside the area code.

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