On January 19 Abel Medina Yepez was hospitalized after his car hit a tree on M Street in Merced. Apparently his car hit a slick section of the road causing him to hydroplane, lose control, and hit the tree. The tree was along the center divider of the street. The paramedic crew had to use the “jaws of life” to remove Yepez from the vehicle. He was airlifted to Doctors Hospital in Modesto where he was treated for a broken thigh bone. /