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One dead, 3 injured in wrong-way Hwy 99 head-on
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A grinding wrong-way DUI crash in the northbound lanes of Highway 99 early Thursday morning claimed the life of a 21-year-old man.

The deadly head-on collision sent three adults and a child to area hospitals with major injuries. The man, one of the three adults rushed to the hospital, died later in the day, the CHP reported.

Officers received a report from motorists shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday that a 1996 blue Ford Explorer was being driven southbound in the northbound freeway lanes at French Camp Road. CHP officers were dispatched to the area in an attempt to head off the driver seen traveling south in the number one northbound fast lane.

Minutes later, the Explorer, driven by Tiffany Holmes, 35, of Stockton, collided head-on with a 1997 Honda occupied by a 21-year-old couple and a three-year-old girl. All the subjects in both vehicles were wearing seat belts or other safety equipment, officers said.

A medical helicopter flew to the scene, landing on the freeway, to transport the little girl to the U.C. Davis Medical Center. Manteca Ambulance units transported the remaining three occupants to regional trauma centers.

The young couple with the child, who were driving in the northbound lane, were all reported to be in critical condition earlier in the day Thursday. The man, who was reportedly the passenger in the Honda vehicle, was later pronounced dead.

The wrong-way driver also suffered major injuries, the CHP reported, but was said to be in stable condition Thursday morning with two broken legs.  She is reportedly being charged with felony drunken driving causing injuries and vehicular manslaughter, the CHP said.  She was reported to be in surgery Thursday afternoon.