Woman dies in crash near Lindsay

Driver swerved to avoid rear-ending a car, veered into oncoming traffic

@TheSunGazette

LINDSAY – A Coarsegold woman died north of Lindsay last month trying to avoid an accident. The crash happened at about 11:30 a.m. on April 24 on Highway 65 south of Avenue 240 northwest of Lindsay when a 58-year-old woman, whose name was being withheld pending notification of her family, was driving her 2000 Volkswagen southbound on Highway 65. Witnesses told the California Highway Patrol that the driver of Volkswagen was traveling over the 55 mph speed limit and was distracted. Her delayed reaction to traffic slowing in front of her caused her to rapidly apply her brakes and veer to the right. To avoid driving her car into a ditch, the woman overcorrected to the left causing her car to lose traction. The car began to rotate on its tires in a southeasterly direction into the path of oncoming traffic.

Michael G. McCoy, 57, of Bakersfield was driving his 2014 Chevrolet northbound on Highway 65 when he was unable to react to the spinning car before the front of his Chevrolet struck the passenger side of the Volkswagen.  The force of the impact crumpled the passenger side of the front seat into the drivers side and pushed the Volkswagen in a northeasterly direction, until both vehicles came to rest east of the roadway, north of the area of impact.  

The female driver was pulled from her vehicle and transported to the Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, where she later succumbed to her injuries. McCoy received a minor laceration to his face. Both parties were wearing their seatbelts and both vehicles’ airbags were deployed.

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