The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department coroner identified the driver of the Civic on Friday as Abelardo Panduro Gayton, 56, of Patterson.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Robert Rickman said the accident occurred at 3:20 p.m. when the F-150, traveling 30 mph south on Highway 33, tried to turn left onto Durham Ferry Road. It struck the Civic, which was heading north on Highway 33 at about 55 mph.
Rickman said the two vehicles hit nearly head on, collapsing the front end of the car back to the front wheels.
When emergency crews arrived, both vehicles were in the northbound lane of Highway 33. Glass and debris covered the intersection.
Rickman said Gayton was wearing a seat belt but suffered blunt force trauma in the crash.
Paramedics and firefighters could be seen performing CPR on the victim on the side of the road.
Gayton was taken in an American Medical Response ambulance to San Joaquin County General Hospital in French Camp, where he was pronounced dead.
The driver of the F-150, a man from Tracy, was uninjured in the crash. A juvenile in the front passenger seat had an abrasion on his shoulder.
No roads were closed. CHP officers directed traffic in the southbound lane of Highway 33 while other officers measured the intersection to prepare a report on the crash.
Rickman said the driver of the truck was not arrested and no charges were filed against him.
The fatal crash was the second major crash at the intersection of Highway 33 and Durham Ferry Road in three weeks. A tractor trailer struck a sedan in the intersection and overturned the evening of Jan. 15.
Rickman said the intersection was not considered a problem roadway and the CHP doesn’t have a lot of crashes on that section of road.
Both crashes were the result of driver error, Rickman said, referring to the drivers of the pickup in Thursday’s crash and the sedan that pulled in front of the big-rig.
He urged drivers to look carefully for other cars before pulling into any intersection.
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