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Oakland woman dies in head-on collision near Los Banos

A 36-year-old Oakland woman was killed and two people were injured Saturday in a head-on collision involving two cars near Los Banos, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The name of the woman has not been released, according to the Merced County Coroner's Office.

The accident happened around 6:40 a.m. on Saturday after a 1990 Honda Accord, driven by 29-year-old Luis Figueroa, of Hayward, was heading eastbound on Henry Miller Avenue, west of Monroe Avenue, at an unknown rate of speed. The victim was the passenger in Figueroa's car, according to the CHP.

Meanwhile, a 2006 Dodge Magnum driven by 43-year-old Raquel Munoz, of Los Banos, was traveling in the westbound direction on Henry Miller Avenue. Figueroa pulled into the westbound lane, attempting to pass two slower moving vehicles. He then saw the Dodge heading towards him and swerved onto the north shoulder to avoid a collision, according to the CHP.

The driver of the Magnum, however, had also swerved onto the north shoulder and the front ends of both cars collided.

The CHP said Figueroa was transported to Doctor's Medical Center of Modesto with major injures, while Munoz was transported with moderate injuries to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.

The victim would have survived the collision if she had been properly wearing her safety belt, the CHP reported.

Reporter Victor A. Patton

can be reached at (209) 385-2431

or vpatton@mercedsun-star.com.

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