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Woman Killed in Car Crash Involving PG&E Vehicle in Merced County

Planada Woman Killed in Kibby Road Crash

A woman from Planada was killed, and two others were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Kibby Road, according to the Merced Police Department. The incident occurred on Thursday, September 8, 2022, around 6:00 a.m. on Kibby Road and East Childs Avenue, officials said.

Details on the Crash on Kibby Road That Killed a Planada Woman

A preliminary report revealed that a PG&E vehicle described as a Dodge Ram was involved in a crash with a Scion xB. Merced PD indicated that the Scion was traveling westbound on East Childs Avenue while the PG&E truck was traveling eastbound. The Dodge driver was headed to a PG&E facility that was in the area, according to officials.

Officials said the Dodge driver was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Kibby Road when the left front of the Scion collided with the right front of the pickup truck. The impact of the collision caused serious damage to the front end of the Scion, authorities reported. The Dodge driver, a 35-year-old Manteca man, was transported to the hospital as a precaution. Officials said the Dodge driver did not report major injuries.

The Scion driver, a 67-year-old woman from Planada, was taken by air ambulance to a local hospital to be treated for serious injuries. Sadly, a passenger in the Scion, Maria Zaragoza, 75, of Planada, was declared deceased at the scene. Additional information about the fatal two-vehicle crash on East Childs Avenue in Merced County was not immediately provided due to an ongoing investigation.

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