A 73-year-old man lost his life Thursday afternoon after rolling his truck on Highway 108 west of Jamestown and about 4 miles east of Tulloch Dam Road, where a separate fatal wreck occurred less than a week earlier.
The CHP identified the deceased driver, who died from his injuries at the scene, only as a Jamestown resident in a news release Friday while awaiting notification of his family before releasing his name.
He was reportedly driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup east on Highway 108 just west of Rushing Hill Lookout Road at an unknown rate of speed about 4 p.m. Thursday when he failed to negotiate a right-hand curve in the roadway and drove into an ascending dirt embankment on the left-hand shoulder, according to the release.
The Chevy then traveled out of control, across both eastbound lanes of traffic, before rolling over onto the right shoulder and coming to a rest on its left side, the CHP said.
The release said the driver was wearing his seatbelt at the time. Drugs and alcohol were not suspected to be a factor in the wreck, the CHP said, adding that the crash was still under investigation as of Friday morning.
It was less than a week after a fatal crash on the opposite side of Highway 108 at Tulloch Dam Road that killed 33-year-old Andrew Ramsey, of Modesto, who was found dead Saturday morning after crashing a 2008 Honda Civic in an open field the previous night.
Thursday’s fatal crash on Highway 108 near Rushing Hill Lookout Road was also one month after a Modesto motorcyclist died around the same intersection on Aug. 22 when he ran into the side of a pickup carrying live bees in boxes that was crossing the highway.
This article has been updated to reflect that drugs and alcohol were not suspected of being a role in Thursday's crash.