On August 5, 2018 at approximately 1804 hours, the Merced Communication Center (MCC) received a call traffic collision at the cross of Shields Avenue and Russell Avenue. Officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Los Banos Area Office responded to the scene.
During the initial investigation it was determined, the driver of the Honda was driving eastbound on Shields avenue approaching Russell Avenue at an undetermined speed. Mr. Cardenas was driving a 2014 Peterbilt pulling two empty flatbed trailers southbound on Russell Avenue approaching Shields Avenue at 55 miles per hour. The driver of the Honda failed to stop at a posted stop sign at Russell Avenue and traveled into the intersection directly into the path of the Peterbilt. The front of the Peterbilt collided into the driver’s side of the Honda. Due to the collision, the driver of the Honda was pronounces deceased at the scene.
Drugs and/or Alcohol to not appear to be a factor.