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19-year-old from Visalia killed in head-on crash with drunk driver, CHP says

ABC30 Central Valley
ABC30 Central Valley

An intoxicated driver caused a deadly crash just outside Tulare that killed a teenager and left another with major injuries, the California Highway Patrol says.

The crash happened on Road 92 and Avenue 260 just outside Tulare about 10:45 on Saturday night.

Officers say the suspect, 21-year-old Jerry Diaz Avila from Tulare, was driving north on Road 92 with a 19-year-old woman from Hanford in the passenger seat when he crossed directly into oncoming traffic.

Their vehicle crashed head-on with a pickup truck being driven by a 19-year-old man from Visalia.

The victim in the pickup truck was thrown out from his vehicle and died on scene from his injuries.

The 19-year-old passenger in Avila's vehicle has major injuries. CHP officers have not yet released details on her condition.

The CHP says Diaz was found to be under the influence of alcohol during the crash. He has been booked in jail and is facing drunk driving and manslaughter charges.

Authorities have not yet identified the victims.

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My condolences to the family. This is all to familiar for me. There needs to be stricter laws on driving under the influence. Manslaughter let’s them off easy. Their selfish decision changed the lives of the families that are left behind forever. They say the pain gets better with time. The truth is you just learn to live with it.


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