Accident Fatally Injures Gustine Man
Accident Fatally Injures Gustine Man — A head-on collision in Merced County claimed the life of a Gustine man on September 7, 2018. The accident occurred at approximately 8:30 in the morning along Highway 33 near Gun Club Road just south of Gustine. A driver of a 2013 Ford pickup truck was traveling southbound along the highway when a northbound 2005 Toyota Tacoma entered the southbound lane to overtake a 2009 Volvo big rig. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Ford driver veered to the left to avoid a collision with the oncoming Toyota but, unfortunately, collided head-on with the tractor-trailer. The impact of the crash caused the Ford driver to be ejected out of the vehicle while the big rig continued off the roadway and came to a rest on its side after shearing off a power pole in the area. Sadly, the Ford driver succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The victim has been identified by the Merced County Sheriff’s Office as 34-year-old John Moitozo of Gustine.
My sincere thoughts and condolences are with those mourning the loss of their loved one during this difficult time.