Two Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident in Los Banos
Two parties were killed in a single-vehicle accident after their car crashed into the Delta-Mendota Canal just south of the Los Banos area on the morning of Saturday, January 2, 2021. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) was notified of the Los Banos car accident in the area of Ortigalita Road and Almond Drive at approximately 9:30 a.m. A 2001 Toyota Camry carrying two occupants, identified as a female and a male, was traveling westbound on Almond Drive when the driver of the vehicle reportedly made a right-hand turn, struck a guardrail, and veered into the canal at an unknown time. Sadly, the occupants of the Toyota succumbed to their injuries at the scene, CHP traffic officers said. The Merced County Coroner’s Office has identified the decedents as Los Banos residents Maela Garcia, 20, and Brayan Castro-Romero, 21.