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‘Just a phenomenal person’ | San Joaquin corrections sergeant who died in off-duty accident laid to rest

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TURLOCK, Calif. — The somber tones of bag pipes outside of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Turlock led a processional of mourners, family, friends and co-workers of Cesar Fuentes, a San Joaquin County correctional sergeant.

Fuentes, 32, was killed Jan. 12 when he was headed home after work and crashed into a pick-up truck in French Camp. Ten days later, Fuentes was buried in the same Turlock community in which he was born.

"He was just a phenomenal person," said Fuentes' sister, Marlene Larios. "He was very funny — little tornado. And he's always wanted to serve since I can remember."

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CHP: 4, including infant, hurt in Highway 99 crash near Turlock

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Four people, including an infant, were hurt in a crash Sunday night near Turlock, officials say.

The driver was traveling southbound on Highway 99 north of West Main Street in Turlock. There were three passengers, including an infant, when the crash happened around 7:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said.

The car at some point moved to the right from the middle lane and lost control, causing a rollover crash, the CHP said. The infant was ejected from the SUV but remained in the carrier.

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Victims from fatal head-on identified

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The names of the two people killed in a head-on collision on Santa Fe Drive have been released by the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.

The deceased were identified as Margarita Leyva-Alonzo, 47, of Turlock and Gabriel Amaro Rufina, 50, of Turlock.

The collision happened around 5:30 a.m. Oct. 24 on Santa Fe Drive, east of East Avenue in Merced County.

Leyva-Alonzo was driving a 2004 Chevy Venture eastbound on Santa Fe Drive. Headed westbound on Santa Fe was a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by Charles Everett, 43, of Sacramento.

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Turlock Boy, 16, Killed After Crashing ATV While Working In Orchard

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MODESTO (CBS13) – A Turlock High School student was killed after crashing an ATV he was riding while working at an orchard in the Modesto area, authorities say.

The incident happened on Sept. 7 near Hawkins and Keyes roads. California Highway Patrol says, around 4 p.m., officers and medics responded to a reported ATV accident in an orchard.

Officers found that a 16-year-old boy had been ejected from an ATV that rolled over. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, officers say.

Drugs or alcohol were not factors in the accident, CHP says.

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