Merritt died at about 2:30 p.m. Feb. 12 after he was ejected from a speeding Mercedes when its driver lost control. Two others in the car were taken to hospitals.
The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash before it decides whether to cite the driver, a 44-year-old Tracy man who was mildly injured and refused medical attention.
The man was speeding
westward in a gold Mercedes on 11th Street between Chrisman Road and the railroad overpass when the car veered to the right and flipped at least six times, a witness said.
Merritt, who sat in the front seat, was not wearing a seat belt. A 12-year-old Tracy girl in the back seat who wasn’t wearing a seat belt was also thrown from the car. She was flown by helicopter to University of California, Davis, Medical Center.
A 35-year-old Tracy woman was taken by ambulance to San Joaquin General Hospital.