A 22-year-old Mariposa man died after being ejected from a vehicle last week.
Jonah Thomas was killed when the truck he was driving crashed in Catheys Valley.
According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 5:44 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 28, Thomas was driving a 2003 Ford F-150 eastbound on Highway 140 approaching the east end of Trower Road.
The CHP said the driver was coming out of a long straightaway at an unknown rate of speed when he entered a moderate curve to the left. For an unknown reason, Thomas failed to negotiate the curve, causing the truck to drift onto the right (south) shoulder.
The truck collided with a deep depression on the shoulder and then with adjacent oak trees.
The CHP said Thomas was not wearing a seat belt and was “fully ejected and sustained fatal injuries.”
A passenger, Dallas Wheat, 25, Mariposa, who was in the right front seat, was wearing a seat belt and sustained moderate injuries, according to the CHP.
Wheat was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in Modesto.
The CHP said the cause of the wreck remains under investigation.
Any witnesses to the collision are asked to call the Mariposa CHP office at (209) 966-3656.
The CHP said conditions at the time were dry.
Funds being raised
Following the accident, a gofundme page was established for Thomas.
According to the page, he leaves behind two small girls, Aaliyah, 2, and Jaycee, 1, and was expecting another baby in January. The website listed his fiance and the mother of his children as Ailene and stated all money raised will be given “directly to his fiance to help with the many expenses to be incurred.”
That site is www.gofundme.com/jonah-thomas-family-support.