One dead in single-car crash on Highway 99

CHP responded to fatal accident in Tipton after a woman crashes into a brick wall trying to avoid an animal in the roadway

TIPTON – A young woman from Woodville lost her life last week when she swerved to avoid an animal on Highway 99.

According to a California Highway Patrol collision report, on Thursday, Jan. 7, at approximately 9:35 p.m., CHP officers in the Visalia Area Office were dispatched to a traffic collision in the area of northbound State Route 99, just south of Avenue 152, in the city of Tipton. Upon arrival it was discovered to be a solo vehicle crash with one fatality and one major injury.

A preliminary on scene investigation indicated the female driver was northbound in the number 1 lane and may have swerved for an animal in the roadway, causing her to lose control of the vehicle and colliding into a brick wall and a tree bordering the freeway.

As a result of this crash the driver, a 19-year-old female from Woodville, sustained fatal injuries. The passenger, Gustavo Hernandez, 20, from Woodville, sustained a broken arm and was transported by ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center. Alcohol and/or drugs were not a factor in this crash.

Armona woman dies in rollover crash

An Armona woman died last week after the car she was riding in rolled several times in a two-car collision on Highway 198. The woman, only identified as a 56-year-old woman from Armona, was a passenger in a 1998 Toyota being driven by 51-year-old Saul Ceja, also of Armona on Jan. 5, according to the California Highway Patrol. The Toyota was traveling westbound on the highway near 2nd Avenue at 5:50 p.m. when the rear bumper of the car was clipped by the front end of a 2017 Hyundai approaching from behind. The Hyundai was traveling over the speed limit and was driven by Rayshon Espirito, 27, of Visalia, Calif.

The initial impact sent both vehicles off the roadway in a northwesterly direction. The Toyota overturned multiple times and came to rest on its left side. As the Toyota overturned, the female passenger in the right-front seat sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Hyundai remained upright throughout the collision and came to rest near the Toyota in an orchard along the north side of Highway 198.

Alcohol and/or other drugs are not suspected to have contributed to the cause of the collision and no arrests were made.

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