VISALIA — A 19-year-old Corcoran woman died after the car she was riding in crashed into a powerline pole in Tulare County this weekend, according to California Highway Patrol officials.
Just before noon on Saturday, officers from the CHP Visalia area office said they were called out to the area of Avenue 280 east of Road 52 for a reported traffic collision.
During the course of the investigation, officers said they determined 18-year-old Daniel Valencia of Hanford was driving a blue Nissan Sentra westbound on Avenue 280, east of Road 52, in the unincorporated area of Tulare County with the Corcoran woman, who was not wearing a seatbelt, as a passenger.
For reasons that are still being investigated, officials said Valencia made an unsafe turning movement to the left and drove off the roadway. Valencia continued driving the Nissan on the gravel shoulder and crashed into the powerline pole located on the south side of the road, officers said.
Authorities said the woman died as a result of the impact. Her name has not yet been released pending notification of family.
CHP officials said alcohol or drugs are not believed to be a factor in this collision.