Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2 SUV passengers killed, driver in critical after the SUV failed to yield at a stop sign and were hit by a potentially drunk pickup truck driver near Hanford, CA

Monday, March 27, 2017 11:26PM
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Two people are dead Monday night following a crash in Kings County, authorities said.

The crash happened on Highway 43 and Idaho Avenue near Hanford.  

Detectives said an SUV failed to yield at a stop sign and were hit by a pickup truck around 8:30 p.m.

Two people in the SUV were killed, including a 13-year-old boy, while the female driver was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

The identity of the victims has not been released, but authorities said they were from Corcoran.

Investigators say the driver of the truck may have been driving under the influence.


KINGS COUNTY, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol investigated the scene of a double fatal accident in Kings County Monday night. The crash happened at Highway 43 and Idaho Avenue at around 8:30PM near Hanford. 

Investigators say one of the saddest things about the accident is that it probably should not have happened. A vehicle was reportedly traveling northbound on State Route 43 at the posted speed limit.

That's when investigators say another vehicle that was traveling eastbound on Idaho failed to yield at the stop sign. The two vehicles collided. Two occupants of the SUV killed. Investigators say alcohol may have played a role.

"Alcohol is suspected on the driver of the white pickup and an officer is responding to the hospital to proceed with that investigation," said CHP Sergeant Jose Guiterrez.

The victims in the SUV are one adult male and one male teenager. The CHP says the drive of the pickup has been taken to the hospital for observation. No names have been released. Officers aren't saying what charges the driver of the pickup may face.