By CBS13 Staff

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.