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Cereans among seriously injured in local crash
Ceres woman blamed in head-on crash
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The California Highway Patrol has determined that a 24-year-old Ceres woman was at fault in a Tuesday morning crash on Carpenter Road south of Hatch Road.

Four persons sustained major injuries in the crash, which was reported at 4:52 a.m.  The CHP and emergency personnel arrived on scene and located two heavily damaged vehicles with three occupants in one and one in the other.

Investigators determined that Ceres resident Charysteena Urbina was driving a 1999 Saturn sedan northbound on Carpenter Road approaching Hatch Road when for some unknown reason she allowed the car to enter the southbound traffic lane, directly toward a 1994 Chevrolet pickup driven by a 42-year-old man. The man’s name was not available.

The two vehicles collided head on, causing the pickup to leave the western edge of Carpenter Road edge. Urbina and two passengers Mariah Lujan, 23, of Ceres, and Iliana Garcia Aurbina, 20, of Modesto, sustained major injuries and were rushed by ambulance to a local hospital. The male driver was also transported from the collision scene with major injuries.

Carpenter Road was temporarily closed while the CHP conducted its investigation but traffic was light, causing minimal delay for motorists in the area.

Alcohol does appear to have been involved in this collision, the CHP said.