Chowchilla car crash in fog kills mom, son

vpatton@mercedsunstar.comJanuary 5, 2013 

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

Officers say low visibility in heavy fog likely was 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 of family.

The crash was reported at 8:45 a.m. on Highway 152 near Road 17½.

A Toyota sedan was traveling east on Highway 152 at an unknown speed approaching Road 17½. A Saturn heading north on Road 17½ was being driven by the woman and had two passengers: an 8-year-old boy and his younger brother.

The driver of the Saturn ran a stop sign posted at Road 17½ and Highway 152, according to the CHP. Donnelly said the Saturn's driver may not have seen the stop sign because of the fog in the area Friday morning.

The Toyota broadsided the driver's side of the Saturn, according to the CHP.

The driver of the Saturn was pronounced dead at the scene, the CHP said.

The younger boy also died in the crash, and his 8-year-old brother 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

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