Authorities Identify Driver Seriously Injured in Visalia Crash on State Route 137 at Road 68
Visalia, California (October 20, 2021) – Authorities have identified Tulare resident Francisco Zuniga as the driver who was hospitalized with serious injuries after an early Friday morning broadside collision at an intersection in Visalia.
The October 15 crash occurred at about 1:55 a.m. on State Route 137 at Road 68
Police officers in Visalia who responded to the crash determined that Zuniga was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado eastbound on State Route 137 at 60 mph approaching the intersection of Road 68. The road is uncontrolled for east-west traffic.
At the same time, another unidentified male driver was in a 1991 Nissan Pathfinder heading southbound on Road 68, approaching State Route 137, which is controlled by a stop sign and limit line.
For unknown reasons, the driver of the Nissan did not stop for the posted stop sign at the intersection and went straight into the path of the Chevrolet.
The Chevrolet broadsided the Nissan, and the force sent both vehicles off the roadway in a southeast direction into a dirt field.
The driver of the Nissan was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision and was ejected from the car. He sustained fatal injuries and died at the crash scene.
Zuniga was hospitalized at Kaweah Health with major injuries.
Authorities are investigating to establish the factors that may have contributed to the crash.
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