A Visalia woman died last week after losing control of her car near Patterson Tract.
The crash happened just before 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 5 on Avenue 328 east of Highway 63. A 1993 Acura sedan was traveling 100 mph eastbound on Avenue 328 and ran a red light at Highway 63 (Dinuba Boulevard), according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver, who was only identified as a 47-year-old Visalia woman, lost control of the vehicle and drove onto the south shoulder of the road east of Lincoln Road. The right side of the vehicle collided with a block wall and a telephone pole. The woman, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, sustained fatal injuries despite wearing a seatbelt and the vehicle’s air bags deploying properly.
CHP officials are unsure what caused the women to run the red light and are unsure if alcohol or drugs played a factor only saying that “her impairment was unknown.”
A bicyclist remains in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle during a two-car collision.
The crash happened just before 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 5 at the intersection of Noble Ave. and Mooney Blvd. According to the Visalia Police Department, a 1997 maroon Toyota Camry was heading eastbound on Noble Ave. when it was struck by a 2003 silver Mercedes sedan traveling southbound on Mooney Blvd. The impact sent the Camry across the intersection where it struck a 15-year-old male juvenile who was stopped on his bicycle at the southeast corner of the intersection.
The rider of bicycle, whose name was not released because he is a minor, sustained severe injuries in the collision and was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center where he remains in serious but stable condition. The driver of the Toyota, 32-year-old Naomi Figueroa, as well as the driver of the Mercedes, 61-year-old Ramiro Reyna, were not injured. The cause of the collision is under investigation and being handled by the Visalia Police Department Traffic Unit.