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Freeway deadly to two persons
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Two local residents were killed in separate area freeway crashes in a 25-hour period last week.

A 20-year-old Ceres woman was killed after she was ejected in a freeway crash in Modesto on Tuesday evening, Nov. 1.

The Stanislaus County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Alexandria Miller, 20, of Ceres. She was a passenger in a northbound 2004 Toyota driven by Johnathon Giannone, 21, of Ceres. At 9 p.m. Giannone was driving in the center lane north of Woodland Avenue when he moved into the slow lane and lost control and veered off onto the shoulder where a tow truck was parked. The Toyota struck the left rear of the tow truck, flipping it onto its top in the slow lane and tumbling back onto its wheels. In the process, Miller was ejected.

Paramedics responded to the scene and rushed the woman to the hospital but she was pronounced dead at Doctors Medical Center.

Giannone received only minor injuries.

The California Highway Patrol said drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash.

In an unrelated incident the next evening, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 44-year-old transient Channing Green was killed when he attempted to run across southbound lanes of Highway 99 just north of Hatch Road. Green was struck at approximately 10 p.m. The California Highway Patrol said Green was crossing the freeway from the west shoulder to the center median when he was struck in the fast lane by a Cadillac driven by Merissah Leahn Lopez, 20, of Ceres. The CHP believes Lopez was traveling at 70 mph at the time of the impact. She tried to brake and swerve but made contact with the pedestrian on the left front bumper.