Tristan Shelton Arrested in Fatal DUI Crash on Highway 140 in Atwater
ATWATER, CA (May 4, 2019) – A 20-year old Winton man was killed following a DUI crash Saturday morning in Atwater.
The fatal crash took place at 6:54 a.m. on Highway 140, just West of Sultana Drive.
Officers arrived on the scene to find a 2006 Ford Focus that had overturned on the shoulder of the road.
According to reports, the car was heading eastbound at a high rate of speed when it lost control and rolled over several times.
The driver, a 19-year-old Tristan Shelton of Merced, attempted to walk away from the crash site.
There were three passengers in the vehicle, including the Winton man who was found dead by first-responders. His identity has not yet been released pending next of kin notification.
The other passengers were Guillermo Cortez, 18, of Atwater and Dezhia Lane, 19, of Los Banos. Each received medical attention for minor injuries.
Shelton was arrested and taken to Mercy Medical Center to receive medical clearance, then will be booked into the Merced County Jail on charges of felony DUI and felony hit-and-run.
Further investigation of this incident is underway.
There are no words that can comfort the loved ones as they cope with such a tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends of the victim as they try to piece together what happened.
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