HANFORD — A woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after driving the wrong way on State Route 198 and crashing head-on into another vehicle, killing the driver.
On Sunday just before 2 a.m., officials with the CHP Hanford area said the Fresno Communication Center received a 911 call of a vehicle driving recklessly.
Not long after, CHP said a traffic collision occurred in the area of eastbound State Route 198, east of 12th Avenue.
CHP officers responded to the area and said they determined a 2016 Hyundai Elantra was traveling the wrong way and going westbound in an eastbound lane of State Route 198.
A 2015 Toyota Rav 4 was traveling east on State Route 198 when the car directly in front of the Toyota quickly veered to the right to avoid colliding into the 2016 Hyundai that was traveling wrong way, officers said.
The driver of the 2015 Toyota did not have enough time to react to the 2016 Hyundai traveling wrong way and officials said the vehicles struck each other head on.
Officers said the driver of the 2015 Toyota sustained major injuries and later died at the Adventist Medical Center in Hanford. They said a passenger in the Toyota sustained minor injuries and was transported to the Adventist Medical Center in Hanford.
Authorities said the driver of the 2016 Hyundai, 22-year-old Lucia Gomez of Visalia, was placed under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence and was transported to Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia with major injuries.