Crash near Traver kills three, alcohol suspected

A crash between three cars kills two drivers, passenger on Avenue 368 east of Road 52

TULARE COUNTY – A deadly car crash cost the lives of two motorists and a passenger last weekend according to California Highway Patrol (CHP).

On July 31, at approximately 2:35 p.m., officers from the CHP Visalia Area Office responded to a call of a traffic collision on Avenue 368 east of Road 52, with medical personnel responding. During the initial investigation it was determined a 35-year-old unidentified male from Dinuba was driving a 1999 Toyota eastbound on Avenue 368, east of Road 52 at an unknown speed approaching a 2003 Honda.

A 61-year-old unidentified female from Fresno was driving a Honda westbound on Avenue 368, east of Road 52 at approximately 55 mph. Daniel Bailey, 31, from Fresno was driving a 1997 Chevrolet with three passengers westbound on Avenue 232, east of Road 52 to the rear of the Honda approaching the Toyota.

For a yet undetermined reason, the 35-year-old driver allowed the Toyota to veer to the left and enter the westbound lane and crashed head-on into the Honda. The Toyota then continued in a southeasterly direction and crashed into the right rear of the Chevrolet, who had taken evasive action and was driving in a southwesterly direction across the eastbound lane of Avenue 368.

Once the crash stabilized, both drivers of the Toyota and Honda succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced deceased on scene. A passenger from the Honda who as yet to be identified, also succumbed to his injuries while on scene.

A third occupant of the Honda was transported via ground ambulance to Community Regional Medical Center, in Fresno, for her injuries. Bailey and the passengers from the Chevrolet were checked by medical personnel and declined any further medical treatment.

Alcohol does appear to be a factor in this crash. This crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to contact the Visalia Area CHP office at 559-734-6767, attention Officer Popovich. Should he not be available, and Sergeant will be able to assist.

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