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One Killed In Three Car Crash
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A 52-year old Modesto man was killed in a Thursday evening collision, Sept. 24, at the intersection of Gawne and Van Allen roads in Farmington.

The crash involved three vehicles and occurred just before 6:30 p.m.

According to the California Highway Patrol out of Stockton, a Chevy Silverado driven by Benjamin Ledesma, 49, of Valley Home was westbound on Gawne Road approaching Van Allen as the Modesto man, in a 1989 Nissan Sentra, was southbound on Van Allen. The third vehicle, a 2006 Dodge Ram driven by Dena Rae DaLuz, 38, of Escalon was stopped at the posted stop sign on Gawne at Van Allen. The CHP report indicates Ledesma failed to stop at the sign sign on Gawne Road at Van Allen and entered the intersection, striking the left side of the Sentra as it was continuing southbound through the intersection.

The impact forced the two vehicles in a southwesterly direction, where the Sentra struck the Dodge Ram, which was stopped at the stop sign eastbound on Gawne. The impact ejected the Modesto man from his vehicle and onto the southwest shoulder of the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ledesma was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital with minor injuries, DaLuz was taken to Oak Valley Hospital with minor injuries and a two-year-old boy in her truck, who was secured in the vehicle, was not injured.

The intersection is controlled by stop signs for both eastbound and westbound Gawne Road but there are no stop signs on Van Allen. Drugs and alcohol are not considered to be factors in the collision, according to the CHP.

The investigation is ongoing. Name of the deceased was not released by the CHP as of press time.