Three young Tracy residents lost their lives in a fiery wreck on Grant Line Road Saturday evening.
Firefighters at Station 92 on Grant Line east of MacArthur Drive heard the crash near their station just before 7 p.m. When they got outside, they saw a white Dodge Charger on fire along the side of the westbound lanes a short distance away and called the Tracy Police Department.
The car was carrying six people, several of whom were trapped inside the burning vehicle. The firefighters cut the passenger side doors off the engulfed car and helped get those inside out. According to police records two of the occupants had been ejected during the wreck — one of whom was dead in the westbound lanes. The sixth was also outside the car and walking around.
By Tuesday three memorials were erected at the site of the crash for Christian Cruz, Arturo Ramirez Valencia and Alan Garcia. Only Ramirez’s age, 21, is known at this time. According to the Tracy Police Department, a fourth young man is in critical condition at a Northern California hospital.
The department issued a news release Sunday stating that the car was traveling at a “high rate of speed” when the driver lost control. The car knocked over three trees and a fire hydrant as it tumbled down the side of the road.
The release also states that everyone in the car was between 15 and 22-years-old.
Grant Line Road was closed east of MacArthur for more than nine hours so investigators could do their work. According to the released information, “preliminary evidence indicates alcohol and speed may have been factors that contributed to the crash.”
The department did not dispute that Cruz, Ramirez and Garcia had died of their injuries. This is the fifth fatal car accident in Tracy in 2018. A GoFundMe fundraiser to help with Ramirez’s funeral expenses has been set up at this link. A GoFundMe fundraiser has also been started to help with Cruz’s funeral arrangements at this link.