Right-of-way error results in crash near Tulare

Fatal collision occurs on Enterprise Street and Tulare Avenue west of Tulare after a driver fails to yield for another vehicle

TULARE – A car collision in the Tulare area has resulted in fatality after a driver made the mistake of not yielding to a right-of-way route.

On Oct. 18 just before 8 a.m., CHP officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash which occurred within the intersection of Enterprise Street and Tulare Avenue, west of the city of Tulare.

During the initial investigation, it was determined a 73-year-old female from Tulare was driving a 2004 Saturn eastbound on Enterprise Street and stopped for a posted stop sign at the intersection with Tulare Avenue. At this time, a 16-year-old female from Visalia was driving a 2007 Jeep eastbound on Tulare Avenue, approaching the intersection at approximately 55 miles per hour. Traffic on Enterprise Street was controlled by stop signs, whereas Tulare Avenue traffic maintained the right-of-way.

For an undetermined reason, the driver of the Saturn failed to yield the right-of-way to the approaching Jeep, attempting to cross the intersection directly in the Jeep’s path. Consequently, the front of the Jeep collided with the driver side of the Saturn.

The driver of the Saturn succumbed to her injuries at the scene. A passenger in the Saturn was transported by ambulance to Adventist Health Tulare for treatment of minor injuries.

Alcohol and/or drugs are not known to be factors to the crash. The investigation is ongoing.

The California Highway Patrol would like to remind drivers to check and recheck traffic in all directions before crossing intersections. If your visibility is inhibited by the sun, dust or fog, be sure to roll down your windows and listen for approaching traffic.

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