80-Year-Old Woman Killed in Traffic Accident on Morgan Road

MODESTO, CA (July 28, 2022) –  Friday night, police arrested Jose Prado Diaz after a DUI crash on Morgan Road, that killed Avina Loreto.

The incident happened on July 22nd, around 10:15 p.m., at the border of Modesto and Ceres, near the intersection of Morgan Road and East Whitmore Avenue.

According to police, Loreto was a passenger in a Ford Explorer that was stopped at an intersection. Diaz, in his vehicle, rear-ended the Ford, causing the Ford to collide with two other cars that were waiting at the light.

As a result of the impact, Loreto sustained serious injuries; three other occupants of the Ford also suffered mild to moderate wounds. Diaz was also injured in the crash.

Paramedics arrived shortly after and pronounced 80-year-old Loreto dead at the scene. Additionally, they transported the other three injured victims, and Diaz to a local hospital for treatment.

The occupants of the two other involved vehicles were unharmed.

After his hospitalization, police arrested Diaz and charged him with DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter.


No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. The Sweet James team sends their deepest condolences and sympathies are with the family and friends of Avina Loreto.


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