Merced County Accident Fatality
Merced County Accident Fatality — Recently, a motor vehicle accident in Merced County claimed the life of a Winton man. The accident occurred at approximately 5:42 in the morning at the intersection of Mercedes Avenue and Shaffer Road, just north of Winton. A 1989 Toyota pickup truck driven by a 30-year-old man was traveling southbound along Shaffer Road. The man’s truck was approaching the intersection, which had no stop sign according to authorities. At the same time, a 41-year-old Winton woman driving a 2014 Toyota Corolla was traveling eastbound along Mercedes Avenue and approached a stop sign at the intersection. For unknown reasons, the Toyota Corolla driver turned right onto Shaffer Road in the direct path of the Toyota truck. The motorist of the Toyota truck was unable to stop in time to avoid an accident and collided with the right front side of the Toyota Corolla. The impact of the collision caused the truck to overturn and ejected one passenger from the vehicle. Sadly, the passenger suffered fatal injuries at the scene. Officials have identified the victim as 24-year-old Jesus Lopez of Winton. A GoFundMe account has been established to help raise funds for his funeral and burial expenses.
My condolences are extended to the loved ones of Mr. Lopez in their time of deep loss and sorrow.