On July 8th, 2018 at approximately 8:24A.M., Merced Communication Center received a call of a roll over traffic collision with an ambulance responding to the scene on State Route 165/ Lander Avenue, south of Salt Slough. Officers from the California Highway Patrol Los Banos area office responded to the scene and investigated the collision.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined, female driver 27- year-old Renee Lopez McCoy, was driving a 2008 Honda Southbound on State Route 165 at an unknown speed according to CHP, according to the CHP traffic website an RP caller stated, that prior the the collision the Honda was traveling approximately 100 MPH.
For unknown reasons, McCoy allowed the Honda to drift towards the northbound State Route 165 traffic lane, then made an unsafe turning movement to the right causing the Honda to run off the west side of the roadway, colliding into a road sign wood post causing it to overturn, coming to rest on its wheels facing in a northwesterly direction within a dirt/grass area. As a result of this collision, McCoy sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this collision. This collision is still under investigation.
On June 16th, 2018, at around 10:46A.M the CHP Merced dispatch recieved calls of an overturned vehicle at Shanks road off ramp exit in Delhi. Upon CHP arriving at the scene officers found a 1998 Astro Van overturned.
Upon further investigation officers said, a 2-year-old boy suffered major injuries after being ejected from the van, he was not properly restrained in a child car seat. The mother 25-year-old from Winton lost control of the van CHP did not release her name.
The 2-year-old was airlifted to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera with major injuries. The mother was not arrested, drugs or alchohol were not a factor, the collision remains under investigation.
At approximately 7:13 a.m., Steve Edward Anderson , 48, from Oakland was driving a 2009 freightliner hauling a box trailer (unknown what it was carrying) the driver was going appropriately at 55-60 mph on southbound SR99 attempting to exit Applegate Rd exit.
Due to unsafe speed, big rig over turned on its driver side and came to rest blocking to on/off ramp at Applegate. Diver had minor injuries and transported to Mercy Hospital for treatment. No other vehicle was involved, no drugs or alcohol suspected.
On May 29th,2018, at approximately 9:34a.m, Merced communication Center was advised of a head-on collision in the area of Yosemite Avenue, East of Kibby Road. CHP further advised a vehicle was overturned, one party had been ejected, and one subject was possibly deceased, officers from the California Highway Patrol Merced area responded to the scene and arrived at approximately 9:40a.m.
During the course of the investigation it was determined that the 1996 Nissan was traveling westbound on Yosemite Avenue. A male adult was a passenger on the Nissan. The identity of this passenger is currently unknown and listed as a “John Doe” A 2000 Honda was traveling eastbound on Yosemite Avenue. The driver identified as 46-year-old Brian Martin and right front passenger of the Honda was verbally identified as Michelle Crowder. Ms. Crowder’s city of residence is unknown and she is believed to be approximately 60 Years of age.
While traveling westbound on Yosemite Avenue the driver of the Nissan entered the eastbound lane and attempted to pass a commercial vehicle. For unknown reason, the driver of the Nissan failed to observe the close proximity of the Honda, which was traveling on the eastbound traffic lane. According to witness statement, the driver of the Nissan did not take any evasive action or otherwise attempt to avoid the Honda. As a result, the Nissan struck the Honda head on, resulting in the Honda traveling in a southerly direction off the south shoulder of Yosemite Avenue. The Nissan continued to overturn in a northwesterly and came to rest on the north shoulder of Yosemite Avenue.
Both Drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene. John Doe the passenger of the Nissan was transported to Mercy Community Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Ms. Crowder, who sustained major injuries was transported by air to Memorial Hospital in Modesto, and John Harris 46-year-old driver of the Nissan according to comments from family on previous post.
The collision is under investigation and it is unknown if alcohol/drugs is a factor in this collision.
On Tuesday May 29th, 2018, At around 9:34A.M, CHP responded to a head-on crash on Yosemite Avenue near Kibby road.
The driver of a Nissan Sentra was heading west on Yosemite Avenue the driver was trying to pass a big tractor-trailer and another car when he entered the eastbound lane of traffic and crashed head-on into a Honda sedan.
Both drivers from the involved vehicles were pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the Nissan was rushed to an area hospital but died a short time later. The driver of the Nissan was about 40-years-old out from Atwater according to CHP officer Zungia, the driver of the Honda was said to be a 46-year-old man out of Merced.
The 70-year-old woman was flown to a trauma center with major injuries. The names are being withheld until families have been notified by law enforcement. Alcohol or drugs are not believed to be involved in this accident at this time. Stay tuned for further information once CHP releases names.
In the early morning hour of April 17th, 2018 at around 4:30AM, A big rig lost control on southbound highway 99 in Merced between the intersections of 15th,14th streets and G street.
Upon emergency crews arriving they discovered a big rig at the G street highway 99 underpass that fell from the overpass. Caltrans also responded to the area to work on the bridge, there is guard rail and concrete that broke on the side of the over pass.
The trucking company sent out a clean up company to clean up the diesel spill on G street. According to Sargent Ricky Franklin from the CHP Merced office the truck driver fell asleep before he lost control and crashed. No injuries were reported on the driver. No further information was available.
Merced CHP, Riggs Ambulance and Merced Fire Department responded to Northbound Highway 99 behind Merced Toyota dealership at around 5:52P.M. Today for a single vehicle accident.
Upon arrival they found a silver Saturn that had overturned and was hanging from a fence located in the back side of the dealership. A woman and a baby were in the vehicle. Luckily the mother and child were able to exit the vehicle and were checked out by medical personnel and released on scene.
According to the woman driver, a Honda Vehicle traveling on Northbound highway 99 cut her off which made her lose control of the vehicle causing it to over-turn landing on the fence. Per request of the family no names or descriptions of occupants will be posted.
Family and CHP is asking if anyone driving on Northbound Highway 99 seen anything regarding this collision to please contact the CHP at (209)356-6600
On March, 9th,2018, at around 8:40A.M, the Merced Police Department responded to the area of “R” Street and Santa Fe Railroad tracks for reports of a train v. vehicle. When officers arrived they located a 2011 Nissan Maxima that was struck by an east bound Amtrak Train.
After the Nissan Maxima was struck by the Amtrak train, the Nissan Maxima spun through the railroad crossing arms into a 1995 Subaru. The Subaru was stopped facing north on “R” Street for the down railroad crossing arms.
Through the investigation, officers were able to determine the railroad crossing arms were down and functioning properly. The Nissan Maxima, driven by Jason Newman (41, Merced) drove south on “R” Street around the down railroad crossing arms. The Amtrak train struck the right side of the Nissan Maxima sending the vehicle into a spin. The Nissan Maxima went through the north bound “”R” Street crossing arms and struck the stopped 1995 Subaru, driven by Mitchell Whitehead (54, Merced).
The Nissan Maxima had a passenger, Shayne Morales (34, Merced), seated in the front passenger seat. Morales and Whitehead were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. Newman only received minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.
The Merced Police Department responded to East South Bear Creek Drive and Glen Avenue for an injury traffic collision. When officers arrived they located a 1998 Chevy pickup that had hit a tree. The driver and right front passenger were out of the vehicle lying on the ground. The passenger in the rear was pinned in and had to be extricated by Merced City Fire.
The driver Maule, Robert (34, Merced) was transported to a local hospital for his injuries. The two passengers were taken to area trauma centers.
Maule was driving north on Glen Avenue at a high rate of speed passing Robinson Drive. Maule lost control of the Chevy pickup, spun out and collided with a tree.
After receiving medical clearance Maule was booked into Merced County Jail for driving under the influence causing bodily injury.
An update on the passenger’s status is not available at this time.
Police Officers are asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact Sergeant Dabney at (209) 388-7719, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “ComVIP” as the “keyword” in the text message.