Merced County DUI Fatality
A Merced County DUI fatality recently occurred along Pacheco Boulevard and Highway 152 in Los Banos. The incident happened at approximately 3:44 in the morning on March 10 when a white Dodge Challenger was reportedly speeding east on Pacheco Boulevard. At the same time, a westbound Nissan Pathfinder was making a left-hand turn near the intersection of 10th Street. The driver of the Dodge allegedly broadsided the Nissan at more than 100 mph, causing the Nissan to split into two pieces. Three of the four parties in the Nissan, including the driver, were transported to local hospitals for treatment of serious injuries. Sadly, the fourth party of the Nissan was pronounced deceased at the scene. Officials have identified the decedent as 19-year-old Marlyne Vidales of Los Banos. I would like to send my heartfelt sympathy to the loved ones of Ms. Vidales in their time of loss and sorrow.