Heidi Garcia and Isaac Loreto Hurt in Fatal Merced County Accident on SR-165 near Westside Boulevard
Merced County, California (January 18, 2023) – Isaac Loreto of Los Banos and Heidi Garcia of Los Banos were injured following a deadly head-on crash on Wednesday afternoon in Merced County, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
The deadly collision occurred on SR-165, south of Westside Boulevard, at around 3:30 p.m. on January 11, on SR-165, south of Westside Boulevard.
Police said a 2003 Honda Accord driven by a 17-year-old girl of Los Banos was heading northbound on SR-65 when she lost control and drove into a 2010 Dodge Caliber traveling southbound.
The two cars finally collided head-on. The teen was reportedly driving at an unknown rate of speed on the wet SR-65 northbound lanes.
The Dodge, driven by 44-year-old Stacy Wiley of Los Banos, rolled over following the accident.
Responding emergency crews and medical personnel airlifted Stacey to Modesto Doctor’s Medical Center, where she was declared dead.
Loreto, a Honda passenger, was taken to Doctor’s Medical Center to treat serious head and upper body injuries.
Garcia, of Los Banos, also a Honda occupant, suffered minor wounds and declined medical assistance.
The teen driver was transported to Mercy Medical Center to treat serious leg injuries.
Authorities did not suspect alcohol and drugs to have contributed to this collision.
The incident remains under investigation.