Exeter driver involved in fatal pedestrian collision in Hanford

Pedestrian was struck on 18th Ave. south of Idaho Ave. last week

TULARE COUNTY – An Exeter woman and her Farmersville passenger were involved in a vehicle versus pedestrian accident in Hanford that the California Highway patrol is now investigating.

According to CHP, on Wednesday Jan. 20, at approximately 9:34 p.m., officers from the Hanford office responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian collision which occurred on 18th Avenue, south of Idaho Avenue. Preliminary investigation determined the following information: Raquel Cardenas, 49, of Exeter and her passenger, Martin Corona, 46, of Farmersville, was driving a black Ford Fusion southbound on 18th Avenue, south of Idaho Avenue, at approximately 50 miles per hour.

For reasons yet to be determined, a male pedestrian was walking within the southbound lane of 18th Avenue, south of Idaho Avenue, directly ahead of Cardenas. Due to the subject’s dark clothing and the time of night, Cardenas was unable to see the pedestrian ahead of her location.

When Cardenas did observe the pedestrian walking within her lane, she veered to the left in an attempt to avoid the pedestrian. She was unable to avoid the pedestrian and struck him. As a result of the collision, the male pedestrian sustained fatal injuries.

According to a CHP collision report, at this time, it is unknown as to whether alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the collision.

CHP collision reports

Wednesday, Jan. 20
On January 20, 2021, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Visalia Area CHP and medical personnel responded to Avenue 280 near Road 48 for a two-vehicle injury crash. The initial investigation determined the following information: Juan Leal, 56, of Corcoran, was driving a 1997 Chevrolet pickup westbound on Avenue 280 east of Road 48 at approximately 50-55 miles per hour. Meanwhile, Carlos Perez, 32, of Lemoore, was driving a 2016 Peterbilt tanker truck eastbound on Avenue 280 approaching the Chevrolet. For unknown reasons, Leal drove the Chevrolet into the opposing lane and into the path of the Peterbilt. Perez noticed the pickup traveling toward him and drove onto the south shoulder in an effort to avoid a collision. Perez had slowed the Peterbilt to approximately 35 miles per hour when the Chevrolet crashed into the rear of the tanker. Leal sustained major injuries as a result of the crash, and was transported via air ambulance to the Kaweah Delta Medical Center for treatment. Perez did not sustain any injuries. Road 48 was closed for approximately 20 minutes to allow medical personnel to treat and transport Leal. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor to this crash. For information, please contact the Visalia Area CHP Office at 559-734-6767.

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