California Highway Patrol

SELMA – A 19-year-old Selman has died after driving through a stop sign northeast of Traver at 6:35 p.m. March 1, the Visalia California Highway Patrol reports. A passenger, Lorraina Maria Sanchez, 19, also of Selma, was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia with moderate injuries.

The man, whose identity has not been released by the Tulare County Coroner pending family notification, was driving west on Avenue 376 when he failed to stop for the posted stop sign.

At this intersection, Road 44 is uncontrolled and traffic flows north and south. Avenue 376 is controlled by a stop sign for traffic traveling east and west.

As the Kia driver entered the intersection, he drove in front of a 2014 International rig driven by J. Rosario P. Macias, 56, of Lindsay, who was travelling south on Road 44.

Meanwhile, Alberto Pina Cruz, 44, of Dinuba, was driving a 2006 Ford north on Road 44, also approaching the intersection.

According to the CHP report, Macias had no time to react and applied the brakes, but the front of the International hit the right side of the Kia. The collision caused the rig to travel southeast and hit the left rear of the Ford. The Kia traveled southwest and hit a chain-link fence. The driver succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in this collision.

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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