The California Highway Patrol has confirmed that a Fresno man died Saturday from injuries he suffered in an afternoon collision along Highway 46 near Paso Robles.
About 3:30 p.m., a 15-year-old boy from the Central Valley community of Avenal drove a westbound 2007 Chevrolet Suburban into the opposing traffic lane, the CHP said.
The Fresno man, 56, slowed and swerved his eastbound 2007 Toyota Highlander to try avoiding the Suburban, according to the CHP.
The boy’s vehicle continued onto the highway’s shoulder and crashed head-on with the Highlander, the CHP said.
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That SUV ended up off the side of the road and down an embankment with the vehicle resting on the driver’s side, the CHP said.
The CHP did not disclose the exact location of the collision.
County/Cal Fire rescuers had to extricate his passenger, a 58-year-old Fresno woman. The man was pronounced dead at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, according to CHP dispatches.
The CHP did not disclose the name of the deceased driver, which is commonly withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The agency would also not disclose the name of his passenger, or that of the 15-year-old driver, but did not state why. Both suffered minor injuries.
The teen driver’s passenger, Janet Rodrigues, 42, of Avenal, also suffered minor injuries.
The CHP did not indicate why the 15-year-old was driving or if he was doing so with a learner’s permit.