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Alcohol involved in major injury accident on Hatch Road
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This Dodge Neon crashed into two trees on Hatch Road Sunday evening, gravely injuring one man and hurting another. - photo by Courtesy of Ceres Police

A 28-year-old is hospitalized as the result of gruesome injuries he sustained after being ejected during a Sunday evening solo car crash on Hatch Road.

The 12:19 a.m. crash appears to be drug- and alcohol-related, said Ceres Police Department spokesman Lt. Chris Perry.

Seriously injured in the crash was Pritpal Lal, 28. He was ejected from the red Dodge Neon he was riding in and found with a leg bent backward to where it was touching his head. His scalp was split open, added Lt. Perry. Initial reports had him paralyzed but a family member said her brother had reparative surgery on his leg and that he should be able to walk again.

A second man, Andres Camacho, 23, was believed to be seat-belted as the car rolled over numerous times before being stopped by a tree. He sustained moderate injuries and found "hiding in bushes," said Lt. Perry.

Police believe speed was a factor and theorize that the car was traveling eastbound on Hatch Road when the car drifted into the westbound lane, struck a curb and glanced off of a tree. The wreckage came to rest against a large tree in a residential yard just west of the Mormon Church west of Moffet Road.

"We're trying to determine who the driver was," said Lt. Perry.

Investigating officers found Xanex pills and multiple beers cars in and near the car.

No arrests have been made.

Anybody with information about the drivers or the crash is urged to call Ceres Police Officer Keith Kitcher at 538-5620.