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Woman dies after weekend collision

Merced man, 19, suspected of driving under influence

By Mike De La Cruz
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Last Updated: April 4, 2006, 07:01:19 AM PDT

A 26-year-old Vacaville woman died at a Modesto hospital over the weekend when the car in which she was riding was struck by a suspected drunk driver in Atwater.

Anda Winka Kwok was taken by air ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, where she died.

Brandon Viveiros, 19, of Merced reportedly fled from the scene and was apprehended by Atwater police officers a short time later.

He was booked into Merced County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and causing injuries, hit-and-run resulting in death or injuries, driving while under the influence causing vehicle manslaughter without gross negligence and driving with a suspended license.

Richard Swigger, 26, of Vacaville, the driver of a 2000 Honda Accord, suffered major injuries and was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, where his condition remained unknown on Monday.

Michael Fortuna, 23, of Turlock, a passenger in the Viveiros vehicle, was not injured.

California Highway Patrol Officer Albert Franks said the accident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday on northbound Highway 99 south of Applegate Road.

Swigger was driving north on Highway 99 on the outside lane when the 1998 Honda Prelude driven by Viveiros also was northbound in the inside lane.

The Viveiros car swerved into the path of the Accord, striking the left side of the Swigger car, pushing it off the highway and continuing off the paved road, the officer said.

Franks said the front end of Swigger's car struck a tree, causing major front end damage.

Kwok sustained major injuries and was taken by air ambulance to the Modesto hospital.

Viveiros fled from the scene on foot and was later apprehended in a restaurant parking lot by Atwater police officers.

He remained in custody Monday in lieu of $135,810 bail, said sheriff's spokeswoman Christine Krebs- Belluomini.

Reporter Mike De La Cruz can be reached at 385-2474 or [email protected] [/b]

Response from Rick in another forum...

Originally posted by WICKEDFX
Thank you all for the messages. It's nice to know that I have help. Up until this last week, I have finaly decided to try and live again instead of just hoping to die in anyway possible. Life really stinks now and I feel so lost. But I'm trying to be strong. Not many people know this because it's not in the story. But Anda had a metal bar attached to her spine due to having a bad back as a kid. When we got hit, the force of hitting the tree ripped out the metal bar away from her spine breaking her spine and then the bar cut up all her internal organs and she bled to death in the hospital. I have been soo sad since this happened. I have lost my best friend. The one person i finaly found that i want to spend the rest of my life with. The coroner told me that if she didn't have the metal bar in her, then she would have only broken a leg like me and been fine. I realize now that God saved her from something horribly worse. The past few months, she had been complaining about how much her back was hurting her. I am also happy that before the paramedics took us away, we were holding hands like we alway's do, and we got to tell each other that we loved each other one last time. I am going to forever miss her. She was the greatest person I ever could have asked to be with. Thank you all again for the support. And thank you Julie, you have alway's been there for me.

Here are some pics of the car. And no we were not speeding. the trees on the 99 freeway are literaly 5-10 ft from the freeway.

i'm pretty sure I met him once on a car meet....:swearin: :tear:
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