California Highway Patrol investigated a deadly crash in Waterford after a car hit a pole Wednesday afternoon. The force so strong the driver and the passenger were thrown out of the vehicle. The passenger didn’t survive. Investigators believe street racing may be to blame.
It happened on Yosemite and McEwen in Waterford.
The pole snapped in half and several walnut trees were damaged by the car. The speed limit is 55 mph. CHP told FOX40 they believe the driver was traveling much faster.
A man said he saw the car speeding westbound on Yosemite and added the driver may have been racing.
CHP officers believe Stephen Meese — a 24-year-old from Modesto — was behind the wheel, and for an unknown reason, he got in the opposite lane, lost control and crashed. It happened about 2 p.m. Investigators were there for hours, gathering evidence.
They said Meese’s car was a stripped-down, older Nissan with no seat belts. Because of that, Meese and his passenger were ejected from the car.
Meese was taken to Memorial Hospital with major injuries. His passenger died at the scene.
“It kind of got my adrenaline pumping when I seen it, I just ran there to help. It really wasn’t much to do, much to help. I just kind of seen what was going on,” Lordost Goodman, a witness said.
“If during our investigation charges are necessary then we will bring charges against Mr. Meese,” Officer Charles Leon, with CHP, said.
Speed is considered to be a factor, no other vehicles were involved.
CHP has not released the identity of the passenger.