A 26-year-old Avenal man was killed in a three-car crash southeast of Avenal on Friday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.
Around 5:20 a.m., CHP’s Fresno Communications Center received a call of a three-vehicle, head-on collision on Highway 33 north of Highway 41.
Officers from the Coalinga CHP office were dispatched to the scene.
Charles Penner, 43, of Paso Robles, was driving a 2013 Ford north on Highway 33 at approximately 58 mph. At the same time, another driver was driving a 1995 Honda south on Highway at approximately 55 mph. Directly behind the Honda was Anna Oliveros, 38, of Avenal, driving a 2004 Ford south at approximately 55 mph.
CHP said that for unknown reasons, Penner allowed his 2013 Ford to cross into the southbound lane and into the path of the Honda.
Neither party avoided the collision and the vehicles collided head-on, CHP said.
As both vehicles spun out of control, Oliveros’ vehicle struck the left side of the 2013 Ford.
Due to his injuries, the driver of the Honda was transported via air ambulance to Adventist Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased, CHP said.
He was only identified as a 26-year-old Avenal man. His name has not been released.
Alcohol and or drugs are not suspected to be a contributing factor, CHP said, but the collision remains under investigation.