Juanito Pateno Badique sustained fatal injuries after a 2004 Ford carrying him and driver Pacita Ancheta, 69, also of Patterson, flipped at 2:35 p.m. when the car’s left front tire deflated, according to reports from the CHP and Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Coroner's Division.
The car was heading south of Del Puerto Creek in the right-hand lane at about 65 mph when the sudden blowout caused the vehicle to veer to the left, CHP Officer John Martinez said.
Ancheta swerved to the right, losing control of the vehicle, which struck the right-hand side of the asphalt curb, Martinez said. When she swerved back to the left-hand lane, the vehicle began to overturn, crossing both southbound lanes before eventually resting upside down in the center median, he said.
Both victims were alive and trapped in their vehicles, harnessed by their seatbelts when emergency personnel arrived, according to Division Chief Jeff Gregory of the West Stanislaus County Fire Protection District.
“We were able to extricate the first victim rather easily, but it took a while to get the second patient out,” Gregory said.
Local fire engines, ambulances and a helicopter were called in for reinforcements.
“Right when we got (Badique) out of the car, he quit breathing and his heart quit,” Gregory said. “We couldn’t take him in the helicopter since they can’t do CPR while transporting the patient.”
Badique and Ancheta, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, were transported to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto by ambulance, Martinez said. After 25 minutes on the scene, members of the ambulance crew, one firefighter and three staff from the helicopter services jumped in the ambulance in an effort to keep Badique alive during the transport.
Once the victims were gone, firefighters stayed on the scene for an additional 45 minutes. Traffic remained blocked on southbound I-5 until about 5 p.m.
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