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Driver killed in South Ninth Street crash

A 67-year-old driver was killed in an early Monday crash at South Ninth Street and Hosmer Avenue, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The crash occurred at approximately 4:18 a.m.

Emergency personnel arrived on scene and began CPR on Modesto driver Joseph Ventura who would succumb from injuries at Doctors Medical Center.

The initial CHP investigation shows a 2002 Dodge was traveling westbound on Hosmer Avenue approaching the intersection of Ninth Street which is controlled by stop signs. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Dodge entered the intersection when it wasn’t clear and was struck by a northbound Toyota driven by Fernando Lopez, 62, of Merced in the number one lane of northbound Ninth Street. The impact struck the driver’s side of the Dodge.

The CHP said it is unknown if the Dodge failed to stop at the stop sign or not. Based on the preliminary investigation, it appeared the driver of the Dodge may have suffered a medical emergency as reason for the crash. It has yet to be determined if alcohol and/or drugs contributed to this collision.

Lopez was unhurt but was medically evaluated at Doctors Medical Center as a precaution.