Madera County Fatality Crash
A Madera County fatality crash occurred on the morning of January 10 along Highway 41 just south of Yosemite Lakes. A woman was driving a 2008 Chevrolet along the highway when traffic ahead of her began to slow. The woman applied her brakes but, for unknown reasons, she lost control of her vehicle and entered the oncoming traffic lane. The right side of the Chevrolet collided with the front of a 2017 Ford driven by a 35-year-old Coarsegold woman. The impact of the collision caused the Chevrolet to overturn and come to a stop along the southbound lane. Medical personnel responding to the scene transported the Coarsegold woman and her 16-year-old passenger to a local hospital for treatment of injuries described as minor and moderate. Sadly, the Chevrolet driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. Officials have identified the decedent as 44-year-old Ma Duarte of Madera. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Ms. Duarte in their time of loss and sorrow.