Patterson man dies in rural Modesto crash
by PI Staff
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Neil Phillips Jr.
Neil Phillips Jr.
A Patterson man was killed last week when a driver of a big rig ran a red light at Hart Road and Highway 132 west of Modesto and crashed into his pickup, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Neil Phillips, Jr., 51, of Patterson died from injuries he received in the accident, which occurred at about 6:20 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, according to the Stanislaus County Coroner's office.

Phillips was heading north on Hart Road in his 2012 Dodge pickup and proceeded through the intersection when a 2009 Freightliner semi-truck driven by 51-year-old Harjit Dassi of Turlock failed to stop for a red light and struck the driver’s side door of the Dodge, according to a CHP report.

The pickup was then pushed into a third vehicle, a 2006 Chevrolet driven by Jose Rivera 25, of Patterson, which was facing west on Highway 132, according to the CHP. While Dassi was not injured, Phillips was transported by ambulance to Doctor’s Medical Center in Modesto.

Rivera and his passenger Johana Machain, 24, of Patterson were transported to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto for treatment of minor injuries. The incident remains under investigation.

All people involved in the crash were wearing safety restraints, according to the CHP. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the collision.

Phillips’ brother, Sam Phillips, said this week his brother had long worked at United Phosphorous as a territory manager selling agricultural chemicals. Phillips was once one of the youngest graduates of the University of California, Davis Graduate School for Plant Science, Sam Phillips said.

He leaves behind his wife Stacy Phillips; daughters Lauren and Kelly, and sons Michael, David and James; and three grandchildren.

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