No major injuries in two-car crash

Neighbors say the intersection poses danger

jsmith@mercedsunstar.comMarch 19, 2013 

No serious injuries were reported Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash at an uncontrolled intersection at P and 21st streets in Merced.

The crash was reported at 5:17 p.m. after a white Toyota Tacoma was traveling north on P Street. A gray Izuzu Rodeo was traveling east on 21st Street, according to Sgt. Don King.

At the intersection, the Tacoma crashed into the Rodeo's passenger door, causing the Rodeo to flip.

The Tacoma wasn't carrying any passengers, and its male driver wasn't hurt.

A couple and their 4-year-old daughter were in the Rodeo. The woman and her daughter were taken to Mercy Medical Center Merced as a precaution, King said.

He said police will look at the tire tracks and other evidence to determine who was responsible for the crash. The speed limit at the intersection is 15 mph.

Sophia Bustamante, 46, who's lived nearby for about 20 years, said she's witnessed numerous accidents there, including one that took out a streetlight.

Bustamante said she's written to the city about the need for a stop sign at that location, but has been turned down.

Bustamante's niece Serina Rodriguez, 24, said the intersection is dangerous.

"It's scary. I'm just waiting for someone to come through our house one day," she said.

Reporter Joshua Emerson Smith can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or

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