Los Banos man killed in collision

January 25, 2014 

A 25-year-old Los Banos man was killed in an accident just after midnight Saturday, Two people from Dos Palos were injured.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 12:40 a.m. on Highway 59 near Canton Road south of Merced.

A 16-year-old boy from Dos Palos was driving a 2003 Mazda southbound on 59 while the 25-year-old Los Banos man was driving a 2006 Nissan north. One of the vehicles — it’s not clear which, the CHP said — crossed into the approaching lane and the cars collided.

The driver of the Nissan sustained fatal injuries. The 16-year-old, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, suffered minor injuries. A passenger in the Mazda, Julia Garnica, 22, of Dos Palos, also suffered minor injuries. They were taken to Mercy Medial Center in Merced.

Cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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