On 09/07/18 at approximately 0830 hours, the Merced Communication Center (MCC) received a call of a traffic collision on SR-33 south of Gun Club Road. Officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Los Banos Area Office responded to the scene and investigated the collision.
During the course of the investigation it was determined Mr. Park was driving a 2005 Toyota northbound on SR-33, south of Gun Club Road, to the rear of a 2009 Volvo 780 tractor trailer combination. A 34 year old male was driving a 2013 Ford southbound on SR-33, south of Gun Club Road, approaching the Volvo. Mr. Park began to pass the Volvo within the southbound lane. The driver of the Ford turned to the left to attempt to avoid the Toyota. The Ford traveled directly into the path of the Volvo resulting in a head on collision. The driver of the Ford was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle which resulted in fatal injuries. The Toyota traveled to the left off of the roadway and into a corn field. The Volvo traveled to the right and collided with a wooden power pole and overturned coming to rest on its side.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this collision.