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Three-vehicle crash in Visalia leaves one severely injured

Three-vehicle crash in Visalia leaves one severely injured

Two motorcycles and a car involved in collision at Giddings and Mineral King in Visalia, one severely injured

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VISALIA – Three drivers are lucky to escape with their lives after a major collision in Visalia on Sunday, Oct. 20. 

At 5:00 p.m. Visalia Police Department patrol officers responded to a Traffic Collision involving three vehicles. 

Officers responded and found the driver of a Suzuki motorcycle, Kenneth Hedstron, 30, had been ejected from the motorcycle and EMS transported him for major injuries to his lower body. 

VPD Traffic Unit responded to complete the investigation and learned that a Kia Forte driven by Eric Olsen, 45, was traveling northbound on Giddings and turning westbound on Mineral King on a green light. 

A Honda motorcycle, driven by Juan Rodriguez, 28, was heading southbound on Giddings proceeding straight also on a green light and struck the front right side of the Kia as it was turning. 

Hedstrom was traveling southbound on Giddings behind the Honda motorcycle and swerved to avoid the collision. Hedstrom lost control of the motorcycle and ejected after hitting the curb. 

Drugs and Alcohol are not factors in this collision. Speed may be a factor that will be considered in this collision. The collision is still under investigation.


Collision report

Thursday, Oct. 17

At 1:20 p.m. CHP s responded to a call of a traffic crash on Road 36 at Ave. 232. During the course of the investigation it was determined Cristina Medina, 44, of Tulare was driving a 2012 Toyota Corolla northbound on Road 36 at approximately 55-60 mph and approaching the Avenue 232 intersection. Road 36 at Avenue 232 is controlled by clearly marked and posted stop signs on the southeast and northwest corners. Avenue 232 has no controls and cars traveling east and west does not have to stop and have the right of way. A male driver from Visalia, name pending notification, was driving a 2007 Freightliner pulling a loaded feed trailer on Avenue 232 eastbound and approaching the Road 36 intersection. Medina failed to stop for the stop sign located on the southeast corner of the intersection. Medina entered the intersection and across the direct path of the Freightliner. The driver of the Freightliner veered to the left, in northerly direction in an attempt to avoid a crash when the right front of the Freightliner struck the left front of the Toyota. The impact forced the Toyota across the south shoulder of Avenue 232. The driver of the Freightliner counter steered back onto Avenue 232 in a southerly direction and subsequently rolled the Freightliner onto its left side. The impact caused substantial cabin intrusion to the Freightliner. As a result of the impact, the driver of the Freightliner suffered major trauma and succumbed to those injuries at the scene.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

At approximately 6:00 p.m. CHP officers received a call of a traffic collision on State Route 216 at Ave. 320. During the course of the investigation it was determined Anmoldeep Singh, 18, of Visalia was driving a 2018 Dodge Charger northbound on SR-216. Singh attempted to pass a vehicle ahead of him at approximately 70 miles per hour and merged into the southbound lane. Marina Tanner, 24, of Farmersville was driving a 2000 Buick LeSabre southbound on SR-216, at approximately 55 miles per hour. Singh was late to recognize the on-coming vehicle approaching in the southbound lane. Singh veered to the left, in a westerly direction, in an attempt to avoid the approaching Buick. Tanner saw the approaching Dodge and veered to the right in an attempt to avoid a collision. The front of the Dodge struck the front of the Buick. The impact caused substantial cabin intrusion to both vehicles. As a result of the high-speed impact, the right front passenger of the Buick, from Farmersville, suffered major injuries and succumbed to those injuries at the scene. Both drivers and all other passengers were transported by ambulance to the Kaweah Delta Medical Center. Alcohol is not considered to be a factor in the collision and all parties were wearing their safety belts.

At approximately 11:35 a.m. CHP officers received a call of a traffic collision which occurred on Road 224 just north of Ave. 178. Preliminary investigation revealed Tenesha Contreras, 43 of Porterville was driving her 2015 Nissan southbound on Road 224 just north of Avenue 178 at approximately 55 mph. Refugio Felix, 55, of Lindsay, was driving his 2006 Nissan northbound on Road 224 just north of Avenue 178, pulling a 2001 Carson utility trailer at approximately 45 mph. There was an uninvolved vehicle in front of Ms. Contreras preparing to make a right turn into a driveway on the west side of Road 224. Contreras attempted to slow/stop and then veered to the left into the northbound lane of Road 224. As Contreras veered into the northbound lane of Road 224, her Nissan collided head on with the Felix’s Nissan. After the collision, Felix’s Nissan came to rest on the east shoulder of Road 224, and Contreras’ Nissan came to rest on the west shoulder of Road 224. Contreras was transported by Imperial Ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center with major injuries. Mr. Felix was also transported by Imperial Ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center with moderate injuries.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. CHP officers received a call of a solo vehicle collision. Initial investigation determined Kyle See, 21, of Visalia was driving his 2015 Honda eastbound on State Route 216, just west of Ave 308, at an unknown speed. For reasons still being investigated. See allowed his vehicle to leave the highway and on to the dirt shoulder. See’s Honda continued in a northeasterly direction and up an embankment on the west edge of Ave. 308. See’s vehicle went airborne over Ave. 308 and impacted the descending embankment on the east side of Ave. 308. See sustained major injures during the collision and was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical center for medical evaluation and treatment. Alcohol was determined to be a factor and See was wearing his seatbelt during the collision. Based on the preliminary investigation See was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Monday, Oct. 14

At 9:55 a.m. CHP officers received a call of a vehicle versus pedestrian on State Route 198 and Shirk Road. The preliminary investigation revealed a pedestrian was walking within the #2 lane of westbound State Route 198 at the Shirk Road on ramp to westbound. Richard Vipham, 49, of Visalia driving a 2016 Toyota, was merging onto westbound State Route 198 from Shirk Road. As a result, the Toyota struck the pedestrian throwing him into the #1 westbound traffic lane. No other vehicles struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian was transported to Kaweah Delta Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a factor in this crash.

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