Saustino-Juarez died at the accident scene after driving the wrong way on I-5 near Westley early Sunday, June 24, in one of the freeway’s southbound lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Toxicology results are pending, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department’s coroner’s division.
Lucille Stallsworth, 33, of Patterson, was also injured when the 1994 GMC Sierra pickup driven by the 19-year-old man collided with the 2010 Mercedes C300 she was driving just before 2:30 a.m., according to the CHP.
A preliminary CHP report indicates Saustino-Juarez was heading north in the southbound fast lane on I-5 south of the Howard Road exit.
Stallsworth told the CHP she swerved into the right lane to avoid the pickup, but the truck hit the front left side of her car, according to the report.
Stallsworth was taken by helicopter to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, where she was treated for her injuries and released.
While Stallsworth was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, Saustino-Juarez was not, according to the CHP.
The incident shut down both southbound lanes for about an hour. The left lane remained closed for another hour after authorities opened up the right lane.