RIPON — Louie Mejia, 20, was fatally injured in an early morning crash in rural Ripon on Saturday, March 24, when his 1991 Honda Civic severed a power pole on North Ripon Road just north of Mello Avenue, according to the CHP.
Officers quoted a passenger who said they were driving northbound at about 50 miles an hour at about 5:30 a.m. when Mejia veered across the roadway and onto the southbound shoulder where he crashed into a utility pole severing it in two.
Mejia was transported to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto where he was pronounced dead from his injuries. The passenger who had been wearing a seat belt was treated at the scene and released, officers said.
CHP public affairs officer Angel Arceo said the seat belt could account for the disparity in the injuries. It is a perfect example of how a seat belt can save your life, the officer said. He confirmed that the driver had not been wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Mejia at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Monday, April 2.