CHOLAME — A four-vehicle car collision involving 11 people occurred on Friday, April 6 on the SR-46 east, west of the Y intersection in Cholame. It was a cloudy, dry and dark day shortly after 5 a.m. when Catherine Ann Fox, 60, of Paso Robles was driving eastbound on SR-46 in her 2012 Chevy Cruze, when, for an unknown reason, she made a turning movement into the westbound lane traveling at an unknown speed. She struck a 2011 Nissan that was driven by Moises Hernandez, 28, from Avenal. Fox's Cruze side swiped Hernandez's Nissan which caused him to lose control.
Fox continue to travel in a north/ east direction in the westbound lane and directly onto the path of a 2007 Toyota Minivan driven by Jesus Ontiveros, 45, of Tulare. Fox's Cruze collided head-on with the Toyota Minivan.
Hernandez's Nissan continued skidding out of control and went counterclockwise in a south-west direction and skidded into the eastbound lane directly into the path of a 2002 Chevy pickup driven by Paul Cardenassoto, 39 of Salinas. Hernandez's Nissan struck the right rear side of the front end of Cardenassoto's Chevy pickup.
Fox, the first person involved, died at the scene. The second driver involved, Hernandez, suffered major injuries and was transported to Sierra Vista Hospital. His passenger, Jhona Caranza, 27 of Avenal sustained minor injuries and was also transported to Sierra Vista Hospital.
Riding in the third vehicle, the minivan, Jesus Ontiveros, 45, of Tulare died at the scene. His passenger, Jose Luis Hernandez, 43 of Tulare, suffered very major injuries and was life-flighted to Fresno Community Hospital. The rest of the passengers of the minivan — Manuel Hernandez, 50, Santiago Rodriguez, 57, Martin Hernandez, 39, all of Tulare — suffered major injuries and were transported to Sierra Vista Hospital. Victor M. Fernandez, 28, of Tulare and Fermin Hernandez, 30, of Kettleman City suffered moderate injuries. Victor Fernandez was transported to Sierra Vista and Fermin Hernandez was sent to Twin Cities Community Hospital.
The last vehicle involved, the Chevy pickup that collided with Hernandez's Nissan, was driven by Paul Cardenassoto, who suffered no injuries.
Drugs and or alcohol are not suspected to be a factor in this collision.
The California Highway Patrol Templeton office, asks everyone to drive carefully to obey all traffic laws, and do not drive distracted. Call 911 and report any possible DUI drivers. To make sure all passengers including children are properly restrained before you start driving.