Two killed, four injured in three weekend crashes

Collisions involved residents from Visalia, Springville, Exeter and Tulare


TULARE COUNTY – Three collisions left two unidentified Tulare residents deceased over the weekend. At 8:38 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, officers from the Visalia Area Office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) , responded to a crash at Highway 137 at Road 60 west of Tulare.

Officers determined Sergio Sanchez, 24, of Visalia was driving a 2006 GMC Sierra northbound on Road 60 approaching Highway 137. A 75-year-old female from Tulare was driving a 2006 Pontiac eastbound on Highway 137 approaching Road 60. Sanchez failed to stop for a posted stop sign at the intersection of Road 60 at Highway 137 and the two vehicles collided in the intersection. Both the driver and passenger of the Pontiac sustained fatal injuries as a result of this collision. Alcohol was determined to be a factor in this collision.

Friday, May 10

At 5:15 p.m., CHP officers responded to a traffic collision on Anderson Road at Avenue 280 in Exeter. Officers determined that Anna M. Roberts, 73, of Exeter was driving a 2006 Pontiac southbound on Anderson and stopped for a red light at Avenue 280 (Visalia Road). Drelen Thompson, 18, also of Exeter was driving a 2007 Cheverolet westbound on Avenue 280 east of Anderson. Roberts stopped at the red light briefly before turning left into the intersection as Thompson approached on a green light. The front of Roberts’ Pontiac collided with the right side of Thompson’s Chevrolet. The Chevrolet veered out of control, rotated counter clockwise and stopped in the eastbound lane of Avenue 280 west of Anderson. Roberts was able to steer onto the eastbound shoulder of Avenue 280. Thompson received no injuries from the crash, Roberts sustained major injuries. She was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for treatment.

Sunday, May 12

At approximately 7:15 p.m., CHP officers responded to a traffic collision on Highway 198 west of Road 180. It was determined Jennifer Foster, 45, of Exeter was driving a 2017 Honda eastbound on Highway 198 at 70 miles per hour. Aaron Martinez, 22, of Springville was driving a 2014 Jaguar eastbound on Highway 198 at a stated speed of 75 miles per hour approaching the rear of Foster’s car. Martinez was traveling at an unsafe speed for the conditions when the front of his Jaguar hit the rear of the Honda. The impact caused Foster to lose control of the Honda, travel in a south/westerly direction and overturn. Martinez stopped his vehicle on the right should and exited to check on the welfare of Foster. During the investigation of the collision, it was determined alcohol was a factor.

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