Photo: Crash Claims life of Newman Resident

Investigators process the scene of a fatal two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Hills Ferry Road between East Stuhr and River roads. The California Highway Patrol reported that an 80-year-old Newman woman was killed in the accident. The name of the deceased was not available prior to publication deadline. According to the CHP, preliminary investigation indicates the driver killed in the crash was driving a 2011 Toyota westbound on Hills Ferry when for unknown reasons she allowed the vehicle to partially enter the eastbound lane, into the path of an oncoming 2011 Freightliner driven by Ruben A. Martinez, 51, of Modesto. The CHP reported that Martinez attempted to take evasive action but the vehicles collided. Martinez lost control of the truck, which left the roadway and sheared off a power pole before coming to a rest in a field. He was transported to Memorial Medical Center with injuries described as moderate. The accident happened at about 1:30 p.m.