Newman man dies in crash in construction zone on Patterson’s Sperry Avenue

A Newman man died in a collision on Sperry Avenue in Patterson early Friday morning, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office.

The collision occurred in a construction zone at American Eagle Avenue at 4:41 a.m.

Jesus Zeferino Avila, 28, was driving a 2002 BMW at high speed west on Sperry, according to a press release. When he entered the intersection, he hit a dip in the road that was there due to the construction.

The BMW “momentarily went airborne,” struck a landscaped center median, then collided with an eastbound Tesla, just west of the intersection.

Avila died at the scene. It does not appear he was wearing a seat belt, according to authorities.

The driver of the Tesla, a 36-year-old Patterson man, had minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team investigated the crash.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Deputy Rohn at 209-895-5071 or by email at