HANFORD — A 15-year-old Lemoore girl is dead after the car she was a passenger in overturned into a canal on New Year’s Day, California Highway Patrol officials said.
On Monday around 7:35 a.m., CHP officers were called to a report of a traffic collision on 13th Avenue, south of Kansas Avenue.
During the course of the investigation, officers said they determined 28-year-old Julio Trujillo was driving a 2003 Ford southbound on 13th Avenue south of Kansas Avenue with a 15-year-old female passenger.
For reasons unknown at this time, authorities said Trujillo drove the Ford onto the right dirt shoulder and it rotated in a counterclockwise direction, traveled off of the east road edge and overturned into a canal along the east side of 13th Avenue.
As a result of the crash, officers said Trujillo sustained major injuries and was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia.
The 15-year-old girl sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene. Neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt.
The cause of this crash is still under investigation, but CHP officials said it does appear drugs or alcohol were a factor.
Upon his release from the hospital, officers said Trujillo will be booked into Kings County Jail on suspicion of felony charges.
Any questions regarding this collision can be directed to CHP Hanford Public Information Officer John Tyler at 582-0231 or 916-754-7222.