TURLOCK (CBS13) — A Merced man is facing felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges after a crash that left his wife dead and sent his four young children to the hospital.
California Highway Patrol says the crash happened a little after 11:30 p.m. Thursday off of southbound Highway 99 near Monte Vista Avenue in the Turlock area.READ MORE: Sacramento Sets Storm Record With Its Highest All-Time Rainfall Total Since 1880
First responders found an SUV had crashed off the road and was flipped over on its roof. Investigators believe the driver, 35-year-old Merced resident Luis Rodriguez, lost control and crashed into a chain link fence – causing the vehicle to overturn.
Officers say a woman – identified by CHP as Rodriguez’s wife – who was in the passenger seat was ejected in the crash. She was unresponsive when first responders arrived and she was soon pronounced dead.READ MORE: 'Never Been So Excited': Nonprofit Gets Unexpected Help As Storm Threatens Shelter
Four young children – aged 6 months to 3 years old – were also in the SUV. All were wearing properly secured child seats, but they were all rushed to the hospital as a precaution.
Rodriguez and his wife were not wearing seatbelts, CHP says. Further, investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Atmospheric River: I-880 Shutdown, Flooded Roadways, Damaged Homes, Massive Rockslides In Storm's Wake
Officers say Rodriguez suffered a fractured femur and arm in the crash. He has been taken to hospital for treatment but will be facing felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges once medically cleared, CHP says.