Visalia CHP responded to accident after a woman rear-ends an oil tanker, alcohol is believed to be a factor
TULARE COUNTY – One Lemoore woman is under investigation after failing to stop and slamming into the back of a big-rig near Tulare.
At approximately 4:55 a.m., Visalia area California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to a call of a crash on Avenue 232 west of Road 68, with medical personnel responding. During the course of the investigation, it was determined Armando Gonzalez was driving a 2015 International Tanker eastbound on Avenue 232, approaching the intersection with Road 68 at approximately 45 mph. Gonzalez had slowed the International as he had anticipated turning southbound onto Road 68.
Alina Ramirez, 38, from Lemoore, was driving a 2018 Hyundai Sonata and had also been traveling eastbound on Avenue 232, directly behind the International at an undetermined speed. For undetermined reasons, Ramirez was not able to brake in time and caused the front of the Hyundai to collide with the rear of the International. As a result of the collision, Ramirez and its right front passenger sustained major injuries and were transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center. Based on evidence, alcohol is believed to be a factor in this collision. This collision is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Visalia CHP office at (559) 734-6767.
CHP Collision Reports
Saturday, March 20
At approximately 9:20 p.m., Visalia area California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers received a call of a two vehicle traffic collision, with injuries, on Road 56 north of Avenue 416, with medical personnel responding. Upon CHP arrival, it was determined to be a two-vehicle head-on collision resulting in multiple injuries and one fatality. For an unknown reason, a female driver was driving a 1995 Honda southbound in the northbound lane of Road 56 when the collision occurred. As a result of the collision, the driver of the Honda sustained fatal injuries. Natalie Ontiveros, from Dinuba, with three other passengers were transported to the hospital for minor to moderate injury. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor and the collision is still under investigation.