Union Democrat staff

The California Highway Patrol Monday identified the woman killed in a head-on collision late Thursday night as Ella Hampton-Rauch, 67, of Groveland.

Edward Albert Santana was arrested on Sunday in connection with the accident after he was released from a hospital in Modesto.

Authorities say Santana, 22, of Merced County, was the driver of a car that crossed over a double yellow line on Highway 108 in Sonora and collided head-on with Hampton-Rauch's 2002 Ford F-150.

The accident occurred about 11:50 p.m. as Santana attempted to pass a car east of Old Wards Ferry Road. The left front of the Dodge Avenger collided head-on with the Ford F-150, causing the Dodge Avenger to spin in a counter clockwise direction into the westbound lane. The right rear of the Dodge Avenger then hit the left front of the 2016 Toyota Prius, which had been passed moments before.

The passenger in Santana’s vehicle, Alejandro Mercado, 26, of Winton, sustained major injuries and was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto by air ambulance.

Santana also sustained major injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.

The driver of the Prius, Alfredo Jasso-Palma, 45, and the two passengers Lucia Reyes, 34, and Carolina Reyes, 70, sustained minor injuries and were treated at Adventist Health Sonora.

Hampton-Rauch was transported to Adventist Health Sonora, where she was pronounced dead.

Santana was arrested at 12:35 a.m. Friday on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and rearrested when he left the hospital, authorities said.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com. Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.

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