On Saturday morning at approximately 2:15 AM a 2007 Honda Accord was traveling Eastbound on Belharbour Drive east of Rosetti Court. The vehicle struck the north side curb, went off the roadway, and collided with a tree just north of the roadway. This section of Belharbour has several curves in the roadway in the area leading up to the location of the collision. Due to the impact with the tree, the vehicle sustained major damage and eventually caught fire after both occupants had already exited the vehicle.
The initial Modesto Police Officer who arrived on scene of the collision performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the driver. Despite additional life saving measures provided by other first responders, the driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. The drivers name is being withheld pending notification of his family members. He was a 26 year old Modesto resident. The vehicle had one additional passenger who suffered a broken jaw. He is a 19 year old Modesto resident and is being treated at a local hospital.
As standard protocol in a fatal vehicle collision, the Modesto Police Department Traffic Unit has initiated a comprehensive collision investigation. The cause of this collision is still under investigation as traffic investigators are still locating potential witnesses and assessing evidence located at the scene of the collision. Initial information gathered at the scene indicates alcohol may have been a factor in the collision. At this time, it is unknown if the diver was wearing his seatbelt. The passenger appears to have been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision.
Anyone with information or witnesses to this collision is encouraged to contact Traffic Officer Nelson at 209-652-2160.
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