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1 dead, 6 injured in 2 car accident near Modesto

Crews found one person pinned in a vehicle when they arrived at the scene of the accident, according to the Modesto Fire Department.
Credit: Modesto Fire Department

MODESTO, Calif — One person is dead and six people are injured after two cars were involved in an accident near Modesto on Dec. 5.

Modesto and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire crews responded to the accident at about 10:12 p.m. Saturday night at the intersection of Claribel and Langworth Roads, according to Modesto Fire Department.

California Highway Patrol said that the driver of one of the vehicles had multiple passengers without seatbelts on and was driving "at a high rate of speed." The driver, identified as Nicolas Villela, 19, did not stop at the stop sign at the intersection and crashed into the second car as well as a power pole.

One person was pinned inside a vehicle when they arrived on scene. After assessing the people involved, crews said a total of seven people had varying injuries and six of them were transported to local hospitals. One person was declared dead at the scene.

Villela was arrested for felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter by CHP.

CHP is investigating the incident.

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