A Ceres girl and student at Caswell Elementary School died from injuries she sustained in Saturday's three-vehicle crash in Empire.
The crash occurred at 2:13 p.m. on Yosemite Boulevard at Santa Fe Avenue when a pickup careened out of control as driver Ronald Noble, 57, of Merced, blacked out behind the wheel and hit a Mercury Sable that was stopped at a westbound red light. The Ford F-250 picked slammed into the Mercury at an estimated 45 mph.
Milana Barragan, 11, was identified as one victim who had to be extracted from the wreckage by Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District firefighters using the jaws of life. She died Saturday evening of her injuries after being taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
Milana was a fifth-grader at Caswell, which offered counseling services to students in the last week of the school year.
The driver of the Mercury, Rachel Barragan, 29, was taken to Memorial Medical Center with major injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol. A 10-year-old boy and 24-year-old man also riding in the Mercury went to Doctors Medical Center with minor injuries.
Noble was treated and released at the scene.
Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Eric DeHart said the wreck closed the intersection for about an hour.
The impact of the collision forced the Mercury to slam into a minivan stopped in front of it. Nobody in that vehicle was seriously injured.