August 7, 2011- An accident occurred near Tulare on Sunday morning. Two boys, Angel Alvarado and Diego Alvarado, were thrown through the back window of their 2000 Nissan sedan, and injured. The crash also injured two other people, happened at Road 132 and Avenue 228, at 9:25 AM the CHP said.
Leticia Alvarado, of Tulare, was driving the vehicle, with the boys in the back seat. Reportedly, the boys were not wearing their seat belts.
There are stop signs for traffic heading north and south at the intersection, but not for traffic heading west and east. Alvarado stopped at the stop sign at RD 132, at Ave. 228. She then drove into the intersection, right into the path of a 2002 Toyota sedan driven by Julie Conelly, of Visalia, who, according to the Highway Patrol had the right of way.
The Toyota hit the left rear of the Nissan, which spun and threw Diego and Angel out the rear window into a pasture near the corner of Avenue 228, before the car hit a power pole.
A helicopter ambulance called to the scene landed in the same field and transported the boys, who were conscious, to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. with moderate injuries, and Leticia Alvarado, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken by ambulance to Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia. Julie Conelly received only minor injuries, and declined to be taken to the hospital.
The CHP officer said it is not clear at this time, why Alvarado attempted to drive through the intersection with the car approaching. Nobody was arrested or cited immediately following the collision. The initial investigation showed no indications that either driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.