Two from Delano die in Tulare County crash

A Porterville man lives though major collision with minor injuries, two unidentified men from Delano die from their injuries

TULARE COUNTY – A crash that killed two Delano residents remains under investigation.

According to a California Highway Patrol (CHP) collision report, at approximately 6:50 a.m. on Sept. 1, officers from the Porterville area CHP and medical personnel responded to a call of a two-vehicle collision which occurred on Road 192 just north of Avenue 104.

An unidentified 25-year-old male from Delano was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier northbound on Road 192, just north of Avenue 104, at approximately 55 to 60 miles per hour. Carlos Valencia, 35, from Porterville, was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Silverado southbound on Road 192, just north of Avenue 104, at approximately 55 to 60 miles per hour.

For reasons yet to be determined, the 25-year-old allowed the Cavalier to travel off the east roadway edge of Road 192. He then turned the Cavalier to the left and allowed the vehicle to travel across all lanes, directly into the path of the Silverado. The front of the Silverado collided with the right side of the Cavalier and both vehicles came to rest on the west shoulder of Road 192. As a result of the collision, the 25-year-old and his passenger, and unidentified 78-year-old male from Delano, succumbed to their injuries at the scene.

Valencia was transported to Kaweah Health Medical Center with minor injuries. Road 192 was closed for approximately three hours for investigation. Neither alcohol nor drugs are considered to be a factor in this collision. This collision remains under investigation. Any inquiries or information may be routed to the Porterville area CHP.

CHP Collision Report

Monday, Aug. 30
At approximately 2:35 p.m., officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Visalia Area Office responded to a call of a two-vehicle injury crash on Avenue 336 west of Road 162 in an unincorporated portion of Tulare County. During the course of the investigation, it was determined a 38-year-old male from West Hollywood, Calif., was driving a 2014 Toyota sedan westbound on Avenue 336 west of Road 162 at an unknown speed. At the same time, Carlos Garcia, 53, from Visalia was driving a 2018 GMC pickup eastbound on Avenue 336 approaching the Toyota. For reasons still unknown, the driver of the Toyota allowed the vehicle to drift to the north onto the dirt shoulder. The driver then made an unsafe turning movement to the left in an apparent effort to steer the vehicle into the westbound lane. Due to the unsafe turn, the Toyota traveled across the westbound lane and into the eastbound lane where it was struck by the GMC. The driver was pinned in the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The investigation is ongoing, but it appears neither alcohol nor drugs contributed to this crash. Anyone with information pertaining to this crash is urged to call Officer Villalobos at the Visalia Area CHP Office at 559-734-6767.

Sunday, Aug. 29
At approximately 8:17 p.m., officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Visalia Area Office responded to a call of a solo vehicle crash on Avenue 320 east of Road 138 in an unincorporated portion of Tulare County. During the course of the investigation, it was determined a 43 year old male from Visalia was driving a 2005 GMC SUV eastbound on Avenue 320 east of Road 138 at an unknown speed. For reasons still unknown, the driver allowed the vehicle to drift to the north across both lanes of traffic and onto the dirt shoulder. The driver then made an unsafe turning movement to the right in an apparent effort to re-enter the roadway. The GMC overturned through a fence and into the front yard of a nearby residence. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced deceased by emergency personnel upon arrival. The investigation is ongoing, but it appears that alcohol may have been a contributing factor in this crash. The California Highway Patrol wants to remind people that seat belts save lives when properly worn and to never drive while impaired. Anyone with information pertaining to this crash is urged to call Officer Burton at the Visalia Area CHP Office at 559-734-6767.

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