August 5, 2012

Two deaths reported in Merced County crashes

Two deaths from Merced County vehicle crashes were reported Friday and Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

David Guest, 57, died Saturday in a Santa Clara County hospital from injuries he suffered during a July 22 crash on Highway 152 in the Los Banos area, according to the CHP.

Guest was one of several people hurt in a five-vehicle crash reported on the highway just west of the Romero Visitor Center.

The crash happened after a 1995 Lexus traveling east on Highway 152 in the slow lane was sideswiped by a 1998 Toyota 4Runner.

The Lexus and Toyota both went across the center divider into oncoming westbound traffic on Highway 152. The vehicles collided with Guest's 2000 Lincoln pickup and a 2005 Dodge Magnum.

A fifth vehicle traveled down an embankment after the driver tried to avoid the crash.

The cause of that crash remains under investigation.

In the other fatal incident, a 40-year-old old man was killed Friday evening after his bicycle was struck by a sport utility vehicle on southbound Golden State Boulevard, south of the Merced/Stanislaus County line, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The coroner's office hasn't released the identity of the victim.

The victim was apparently in the center median about 8:25 p.m. searching for cans and bottles to recycle.

Meanwhile, 26-year-old Elise Bryn of Woodlake was driving a 2002 Chevy Suburban southbound on Golden State Boulevard at 55 mph.

Bryn didn't notice the victim traveling toward her on the bicycle. The left side of the Suburban struck the victim.

The force of the impact caused the victim to rotate along the left side of the SUV before hitting the ground, according to the CHP.

The victim died at the scene shortly thereafter.

With the most recent deaths, 10 people have been killed in Merced County traffic collisions in less than a month.

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

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