[06-18-2023] Monterey County, CA – 2 People Killed, 4 Others Injured Following Two-Vehicle Head-On Collision in Gonzales

[06-18-2023] 2 People Killed, 4 Others Injured Following Two-Vehicle Head-On Collision in GonzalesTwo people were killed while four others were injured after a two-vehicle head-on collision that involved a wrong-way driver in Gonzales on Sunday morning, June 18, 2023.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the incident occurred on Highway 101, just south of 5th Street, at around 3:34 a.m.

A red 2004 Dodge Neon, driven by Eduardo M., was heading northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 101 when it collided head-on with a black 2015 Honda Civic. In the aftermath of the incident, the Dodge was found on the center median, and the Honda ended up on the highway’s right shoulder.

The Honda driver had multiple leg fractures and was trapped in the driver’s seat. A female passenger complained of pain. There is no information regarding the severity of her injuries.

Eduardo M. was dead at the scene, pinned in the driver’s seat. Oscar M., a passenger, was ejected from the vehicle and subsequently killed. Two other passengers of the Dodge sustained major injuries and were transported to a local hospital.

One of the passengers said they were going home from a bar in Soledad.

It is unclear whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in this tragic collision.

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Fatal Two-Vehicle Collision Statistics

The United States experiences a car accident every 60 seconds. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death and serious injury among people aged 2 to 34.

The number of people killed in vehicle accidents in California each year is approximately 10,000. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), 35,766 fatal crashes caused 38,824 deaths in 2020.

The number of fatal car accidents has increased by 23.5% in the state since 2013. There were 485,866 car accidents in 2017, resulting in 3,898 deaths and 276,823 injuries. For every 100,000 residents, nine people died in traffic accidents in 2018.

Despite driving carefully, it is still possible to endanger others and put their lives at risk. Despite this, it is vital to drive safely and pay attention at all times.

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