Humberto Delatorre, 49, was killed, and Deborah Lanza, 48, remains in critical condition after a truck accident, which officials say, was caused by the driver of a big-rig who failed to stop for slowing traffic on Highway 99 in Modesto. According to a news report in the Modesto Bee, four others who sustained non-life-threatening injuries in this October 20, 2010 chain-reaction car accident were identified as 60-year-old Byrd Lewis, Mary Soares, 33, Alex Morales 37, and Richard Paredes, 51.
California Highway Patrol officials say there were four passenger vehicles ahead of the big-rig, driven by 43-year-old Bradley Meinz. The truck driver rear-ended a Nissan Frontier pickup that was pushed into the other vehicles before veering to the left and striking a fifth vehicle, a Chevy Silverado pickup truck. The Chevy truck then overturned. Meinz was uninjured in the big-rig accident. CHP officials have said drugs or alcohol were not involved.
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