Visalia CHP Report Fatal Hit and Run Accident

  On July 4, 2018, at approximately 0425 hours, the Fresno Communication Center (FCC) received a call of a traffic collision on Avenue 408 east of Road 104. Officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Visalia Area Office responded to the scene and investigated the collision.
During the course of the investigation it was determined an unidentified driver was traveling westbound on Avenue 408, east of Road 104, in a gray, 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The Chevrolet was traveling at a speed well above the posted 55 MPH speed limit. Ms. Magana was traveling
westbound on Avenue 408 in a red, 2005 Toyota Matrix, ahead of the Malibu, at approximately 55 MPH. For an unknown reason, the unidentified driver was late to recognize the Toyota was traveling at a slower speed ahead of him. The driver of the Chevrolet veered to the right in an attempt to avoid the Toyota, but the left front of the Chevrolet struck the right rear of the Toyota. The impact propelled the Toyota off the roadway to the south, while rotating on its tires in a counterclockwise direction. The Toyota departed the roadway to the south, and the right rear side of the Toyota struck a telephone pole and came to rest. The impact with the telephone pole caused major intrusion into the passenger compartment of the Toyota. The right front passenger of the Toyota was pinned inside the Toyota as a result of the damage. The passenger was extricated from the Toyota, but she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota, Ms. Magana, suffered major injuries and was transported by SKYLIFE to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
After the impact with the Toyota, the driver of Chevrolet lost control and the Chevrolet departed the roadway to the north. The Chevrolet came to rest without incident and the driver exited the vehicle. A witness described the driver as a mid-20’s, Hispanic Male Adult. The witness saw the driver fleeing from the collision to the west, after entering a black 2 door passenger car. The investigation is on-going. It was determined seatbelts were worn by all of the involved parties and alcohol has not been ruled out as a contributing factor for driver of the Chevrolet. Ms. Magana had not been drinking.

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