Atascadero woman killed in crash, 5 others injured
June 26, 2015
A 19-year-old Atascadero woman died in a car crash on Highway 46 Thursday night that left an additional five people, including two babies, in the hospital. [Tribune]
The crash occurred near Templeton at the intersection of Highway 46 West and Vineyard Drive. The Atascadero woman, whose name has not been released, was driving a 2015 Nissan Sentra northbound on Vineyard Drive, and she did not stop at the intersection with Highway 46.
A 1994 Ford Ranger that was traveling 55 mph eastbound on Highway 46 collided with the Nissan. The driver of the Ford tried to stop to avoid the crash, but did not succeed in doing so.
A 20-year-old Cambria woman, Mariana Zaragoza, was also in the Nissan at the time of the crash. Zaragoza was moderately injured.
Four Merced residents were traveling in the Ranger. The driver, 21-year-old Cesar Saldana, suffered major injuries.
Mistyca Oliva, 19, suffered moderate injuries. One-year-old Cesar Saldana and 3-month-old Yaretzi Saldana both sustained minor injuries.
Neither drugs, nor alcohol are suspected as factors in the crash.