Solo accident on Hwy 198 leaves driver dead

CHP investigate a single vehicle car accident that turned over the vehicle and killing the driver

TULARE COUNTY – One Visalia driver is dead after an accident on Saturday afternoon left his car upended on Highway 198.

According to the California Highway Patrol, at approximately 12:22 p.m., officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Visalia Area Office, responded to investigate a call of a solo vehicle crash on eastbound Highway 198, just west of Ben Maddox Way.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the sole involved party was driving a 2000 Toyota Camry eastbound in the No. 1 lane of Highway 198, approaching Ben Maddox Way at a high rate of speed. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Camry suddenly braked aggressively and made an unsafe turning movement to the right. This action caused the Camry to veer sharply to the right where it crossed the No. 2 lane and drove up the embankment on the south side of the eastbound lanes.

The Camry struck a shrub and a sprinkler on the embankment and then returned to the eastbound lanes where it overturned and came to rest on its roof, facing in a northeast direction. It is currently not known if alcohol or drugs were a factor in this crash.

CHP Collision Report

Thursday, July 15

At approximately 4:53 a.m., officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Visalia Area responded to a call of a traffic collision on Avenue 54 at Borchardt Drive, with medical personnel responding. During the course of the investigation it was determined Catalina Hernandez-Mikely, from Alpaugh was driving a 2001 Ford on Avenue 54 approaching Borchardt Drive within the eastbound lane at approximately 55 mph. Observing a light from a work truck parked south of the roadway to the front of the Ford, Hernandez-Mikely turned the Ford’s steering wheel to the left to avoid a crash with what she thought was an oncoming vehicle. Hernandez-Mikely then turned the Ford’s steering wheel to the right causing the Ford to overturn. As this occurred, Javier Cortez-Ruiz, also from Alpaugh, who was seated in the front passenger seat of the Ford and not seat-belted was ejected from the right front passenger door window. As a result, Cortez-Ruiz struck the concrete roadway on Borchardt Drive, just east of Avenue 54. Cortez-Ruiz sustained major injuries and was transported to Kaweah Health Medical Center via Skylife air ambulance. Marilyn Anai Lopez, also from Alpaugh, was seated in the left rear passenger seat of the Ford sustained minor injuries and did not get transported to a medical facility. This crash is still under investigation. Alcohol and or drugs is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

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