CHP: Contraflow driver dies in Fresno County head-on crash

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A Clovis woman was killed early Saturday when the car she was driving in the wrong direction on a Fresno County road collided head-on with another vehicle, the California Highway Patrol said.

The 22-year-old woman’s name has not been released, pending notification from her family. She was pronounced dead in the accident on Clovis Avenue, south of Central Avenue – near Malaga, southeast of Fresno.

His Nissan Altima hit a Toyota RAV4 driven by Ramon Vasquez, 32, of Visalia, who suffered serious injuries and was taken to Fresno Community Regional Medical Center.

The accident happened around 5:30 a.m.

Preliminary investigation shows the 22-year-old was traveling south in lane No. 1 northbound on Clovis Avenue at an unknown speed when she collided head-on with Vasquez’s vehicle, said the HPC.

The Nissan rolled over and came to rest partially in the lane and on the center bulkhead.

The CHP said the woman was not wearing a seat belt. It is not yet known whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision, according to the CHP, pending toxicology results from the Fresno County Coroner’s office.

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