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Fatal Crash Mars Holiday
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A late morning accident on Dec. 23 resulted in the death of a Van Allen Elementary School student, the 9-year-old girl taken to UC Davis Medical Center, where she passed away from her injuries.

The youngster, identified as Mariah Izzo, was a fourth grader at Van Allen where she attended classes. She was the passenger in the back seat of a 2011 Toyota Rav4 driven by her aunt, 43-year-old Debra Ellis of Escalon. The crash occurred at the intersection of McHenry Avenue and Stewart Road, according to the California Highway Patrol report.

Ellis was southbound on McHenry and had stopped for a red light at Stewart Road, according to the CHP. The light then turned green and another driver, approaching southbound on McHenry, failed to stop for the slowed traffic in front of her and struck the back of the Toyota. The other driver, a 66-year-old woman from Escalon, was southbound in a 1999 Ford Expedition.

Ellis and a 10-year-old boy in the front seat of the Toyota had minor injuries; the other driver was not injured. Everyone in the vehicles was wearing seatbelts.

The crash occurred shortly before 11 a.m. on Dec. 23 and authorities said the Expedition was traveling at about 35 mph when it struck the back of the Toyota.

Authorities said Izzo died from her injuries on Tuesday, Christmas Eve, and family members from Manteca planned to have her organs removed for donation to others, with reports of at least five people benefiting from those donated organs.

A fund to help the family with hospital and funeral expenses has been set up. Donations can be made to: Mariah Izzo Memorial Account at Bank of the West, 1633 First St., Escalon.