One man was killed and another sustained major injuries Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash near Chowchilla, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Officers suspect DUI may have been a factor in the crash. The Madera County coroner’s office has not released the name of the person who was killed, pending notification of his family. The CHP said the victim was in his mid-20s.
The crash was reported just after 9 a.m. on Highway 152 near Road 11. Librado Buenrostro, 26, was driving a red Kia Optima westbound on Highway 152 at a high rate of speed. Buenrostro’s vehicle was carrying two male and three female passengers, according to Officer Mark Cosentino.
Meanwhile, a white Kia Optima driven by a 32-year-old man was traveling westbound on Highway 152 just ahead of Buenrostro’s vehicle, approaching Road 11. The driver of the white Kia had no passengers.
As Buenrostro approached the other vehicle, the CHP said, he swerved to the right but clipped the back of it. Buenrostro lost control of his car and traveled off the roadway, striking a barbed-wire fence and overturning, Cosentino said.
None of the occupants of Buenrostro’s car were wearing seat belts, according to the CHP.
Besides the man in Buenrostro’s car who was killed, another male passenger also in his mid-20s sustained major injuries. Buenrostro suffered minor injuries, and others inside his car were treated for minor to moderate injuries.
The victim who had major injuries was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Cosentino said the driver of the other vehicle wasn’t injured.
Officers determined Buenrostro was driving under the influence, the CHP reported. He was booked at the Madera County jail.