2 victims in fatal crash into Merced home identified

rparsons@mercedsunstar.comMay 20, 2014 

Two men killed last week when a vehicle crashed into a Merced home have been identified, the Merced County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

Gordon Davis, 53, was the driver of 2012 Nissan Altima that crashed into the home just before 11 a.m. May 14 in the 400 block of Rambler Road. The passenger was identified as Delbert Scoggins, 76, according to the Coroner’s Office.

Family members have said the two men were related.

No one was inside the home at the time of the crash, the Merced Police Department reported.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Police Department’s Traffic Division.

Witnesses said the driver appeared to be slumped over and the passenger was seen reaching for the steering wheel. They estimated the car hit the house at 35 to 40 mph.

Investigators have not confirmed the cause of the crash.

Sgt. Jay Struble said investigators are waiting for the final coroner’s report to determine the exact cause of death.

“We’ll look at that and look at the driver’s medical history to establish whether there were any contributing factors in the death,” Struble said.

The vehicle sheared off a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. gas meter and struck the home’s electrical panel, which sparked a fire that spread inside the car and the home. Utility workers struggled to cut off the gas line and the fire burned for nearly three hours with the bodies of the men inside the the car.

The car was heading north on Alexander Avenue when it left the road and crashed into several trash cans before going through the intersection with Rambler Road and into the house, witnesses said.

Staff writer Rob Parsons can be reached at (209) 385-2482 or rparsons@mercedsunstar.com.

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