Exeter boy, 1, released from hospital
Madox Navarro was the sole survivor of a possible DUI crash that killed his parents and unborn brother
STRATHMORE – A 1-year-old Exeter boy is home with family this week after being released from the hospital.
Madox Navarro, who celebrated his first birthday last month, was the sole survivor in an April 29 crash that killed both of his parents 21-year-old Benjermin Navarro and 22-year-old Jasmyn Linares, who was six to seven months pregnant with a boy, Quinton, according to the Tulare County Coroner’s Office.
“God took these angels too soon,” wrote Jasmyn’s father Manuel Linares posted online. “You will be greatly missed. There are no words to describe the hurt that we feel. The world will be less without you. We are grateful that we had you here with us for 22 years. Rest in peace.”
The accident happened at 3:10 p.m. on April 29 on Avenue 196 east of Road 216. A 1996 Lincoln was traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Avenue 196 when the driver, identified as a 24-year-old Arnold Zuniga Jr. of Strathmore, allowed the car to cross double yellow lines and into the westbound lane of traffic. The Lincoln then began swerving in and out of the east and westbound lanes.
The family’s 2003 Toyota was traveling westbound on Avenue 196 when the driver, when Navarro attempted to avoid the Lincoln which again swerved into oncoming traffic causing a head-on collision. Due to the Lincoln’s speed, the Toyota was pushed easterly and overturned several times. Both cars came to rest on the south shoulder of Avenue 196.
Madox was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center and then later onto Valley Children’s Hospital, where he was released last week. Alcohol may have been a factor in the collision but the Porterville CHP is continuing its investigation.