Three teens injured in DUI crash
CHP says driver was under the influence of pot when his pickup drifted into oncoming traffic
KINGS COUNTY – Three Visalia teens and a Paso Robles man were injured last week when one of them drove into oncoming traffic while under the influence of marijuana.
The accident happened at about 1:40 p.m. on March 15 on Highway 41 north of Nevada Avenue south of Stratford. According to the California Highway Patrol, a 1999 Ford F150 was traveling northbound on the highway when the driver allowed the pickup truck to drift into the southbound lane. The truck collided head-on with a 2016 Dodge Caravan.
The driver, 19-year-old Edgar Gonzalez, and one of his passengers, 15-year-old Cecily Grajeda, both of Visalia, sustained major injuries. Grajeda broke her left femur and was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center. Gonzalez had internal injuries and was transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
A third passenger, 19-year-old Abel Remigio of Visalia, and the driver of the van, 46-year-old Richard Myerslough of Paso Robles, were both transported to Adventist Medical Center in Hanford for minor injuries. Remigio had pain in his right knee while Myerslough had pain in his right leg and wrist.
Gonzalez was arrested for driving under the influence of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, mind altering chemical in marijuana.
Teen dies in single car crash
A fourth juvenile was not so lucky. At 2:20 a.m. on March 10, officers responded to a single vehicle crash on Goshen Avenue west of Chinowth Street. Officers found the Toyota 4Runner on its side. The juvenile driver was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
According to the Visalia Police Department’s Traffic Unit, the SUV was heading westbound on Goshen and had struck the concrete median near Chinowth. The vehicle then struck a light pole, flipped onto its side, and slid roof first into a tree in the median. Speed and alcohol have not been ruled out as factors in this collision. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.