Santa Margarita woman killed in head-on crash
January 18, 2016
A 54-year-old Santa Margarita woman died Sunday after an oncoming driver drifted into her lane and caused a head-on collision. [KSBY]
The victim has been identified as 54-year-old Joni Kinkel. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Parkhill Road in Santa Margarita.
Around noon, Melvin Fuentes-Ruano, 20, was driving a 1992 Honda Prelude northbound on Parkhill Road. Fuentes-Ruano lost control while going around a wet and slick curve.
Fuentes-Ruano drifted into the southbound lane and collided head-on with Kinkel’s 2005 Dodge Stratus. Fuentes-Ruano suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Sierra Vista hospital.
Another person was possibly injured in the crash. Both vehicles sustained major damage in the collision.
Initially, a Cal Star helicopter responded to the crash. The helicopter turned back after it was determined Kinkel had died.