CHP is unsure if drugs or alcohol played a factor in collision on Hwy. 65 between Lindsay and Strathmore
LINDSAY – Ten people were sent to the hospital on Saturday following a two-car crash south of Lindsay.
A 2009 Toyota Camry traveling westbound on Avenue 208 stopped at the intersection of Highway 65 between Lindsay and Strathmore on July 28. Just before 3:30 p.m., the driver of the Camry, 22-year-old Autumn Smith of Porterville, accelerated across the highway and into the path of a 2012 Chevrolet pickup that did not have a stop. According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of the Chevrolet, 29-year-old Fernando Guiza-Lopez of Lindsay, did not have enough time or space to avoid the collision and the pickup broadsided the left side of the sedan. The impact pinned Autumn in the driver’s seat.
The impact sent the Smith family and the Guiza-Lopez family, 10 in all, to the hospital. Nine people were transported to Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia. In the Chevrolet, Fernando, 27-year-old Melissa Carranza, 9-year-old Tiffany Chavez, 5-year-old Fernando Valentin, 7-year-old Anthony Martinez, and 5-month-old Fatima Guiza were all treated for minor injuries. In the Toyota, 29-year-old Jordan Smith was treated for minor injuries, while Autumn and 2-year-old Caleb Smith were treated for moderate injuries. Caleb was taken to Valley Children’s. Jazmyn Smith, 8, suffered marjor injuries and was taken to Kaweah Delta before being transported to Valley Children’s. CHP Officer Julie Lavender stated in her report that it was not known if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision. No arrests have been made as of press time.