Mother, son killed in crash reported near Chowchilla

vpatton@mercedsun-star.comJanuary 4, 2013 

— A mother and her small son were killed in a crash Friday morning on Highway 152 near Chowchilla, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Officers say low visibility due to heavy fog was likely a contributor to the crash, according to Sgt. Michael Donnelly.

The names of the victims haven't been released by the coroner's office, pending notification or their family or next-of-kin.

The crash was reported at 8:45 a.m. on Highway 152 and Road 17 1/2.

A woman around her mid-20s was driving a Toyota sedan eastbound on Highway 152 at an unknown speed approaching Road 17 1/2. There were no passengers in her car.

Meanwhile, a woman 35-38 years old was driving northbound in a Saturn on Road 17 1/2. She was carrying two passengers in the car: a boy between the age of 4-6 and his 8 year-old brother.

The driver of the Saturn passed through a stop sign posted at Road 17 1/2 and Highway 152. Donnelly said the Saturn's driver may not have seen the stop sign, due to the fog.

The Toyota broadsided the driver's side of the Saturn.

CHP officer responded to the crash, and the driver of the Saturn was pronounced dead at the scene. The younger boy also died in the crash, and the 8-year-old boy was taken to Madera Community Hospital with moderate injuries.

The driver of the Toyota was taken to Madera Community Hospital with moderate injuries.

DUI was not a factor in the crash, according to CHP.

City Editor Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsun-star.com.

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