Coroner ID’s teen killed in street race

The Tulare County Coroner’s Office has identified the teenage driver who was killed in the Sept. 10 street race near Plainview. Juan Ruiz, 15, of Strathmore was killed when his 1996 Toyota sedan was hit by a Mitsubishi sedan on Road 196 just south of Avenue 192. Ruiz’s vehicle was racing another dark colored four-door sedan at a high rate of speed northbound on Road 196. When Ruiz made an unsafe turning movement to pass the other car, the Toyota veered out of control and into the path of oncoming traffic.

After the collision, unknown males from the dark colored sedan stopped, pulled Ruiz from the wrecked vehicle, placed him in their car and then fled the scene. Shortly after, surveillance footage obtained from Sierra View District Hospital shows three large Hispanic males in a dark colored sedan resembling a Pontiac drop off the driver of the Toyota at the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

CHP reported that alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision but they are requesting the public’s help in identifying the sedan and its occupants. Anyone with information regarding the collision or the identity of the Hispanic males should contact CHP’s Porterville Office at 559-784-7444.


County Library seeks local vets

County Library wants to hear war stories from local vets

The Tulare County Library, as part of its three month ‘War Comes Home’ program, is offering veterans the opportunity to submit their war experience to the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress.

The interviews will be conducted and recorded by the library’s teen volunteers, following Veterans History Project guidelines, beginning Oct. 1 through Nov. 7.

For more information contact librarian Faythe Arredondo at 713-2706, or go online to


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