It is always important to take care when merging onto a highway, for due to the high speed at which vehicles travel, a crash can become deadly. Such was the case when last week, a two-car collision along Highway 33 near Gustine claimed the life of a San Jose man.
According to the story appearing on the Mercury News website, the fatal crash happened in the northbound lanes of Highway 33 at the intersection of Sullivan Road on Wednesday, April 22nd, at approximately 4:25 p.m.
Officer Shannon Stiers with the California Highway Patrol ‘s Los Banos office said in a statement that 23-year-old Lisa Chavez, who was driving a 1996 Acura Integra, was with a 26-year-old male passenger. Chavez was attempting to make a left turn from Highway 33 onto Sullivan road when she turned into the path of a southbound 2017 Nissan Sentra being driven by a 25-year-old man from Santa Nella.
The Nissan broadsided the passenger side of the Acura. Emergency crews arrived at the crash site and declared the male passenger in the Acura dead at the scene.
Authorities have not released his identity pending notification of family.
Chavez was also injured in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Los Banos Memorial Hospital for treatment. The extent of her injuries and her current condition was unknown at the time of the report.
The driver of the Nissan was uninjured in the crash.
The CHP reports that all three people were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. Investigators say that impairment by drugs or alcohol played no role in the fatal accident.