December 28, 2014- A vehicle accident ends fatally in southern Tulare County. The head-on crash took place northwest of Delano, on Sunday, at about 2:25 AM. Alcohol is reported to have possibly been a factor.
Otilia Pineda, 22, of Allensworth, was driving a 2003 GMC pickup truck, north on Highway 43, south of Avenue 16. The truck veered into the southbound lane of the highway, and into the path of a 1995 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Royale.
The male driver of the Oldsmobile swerved onto the right shoulder of the roadway, but was unable to avoid the collision.
Pineda fled the scene of the crash, but authorities found and arrested her at her home a short time later. Officers reported that she had one prior DUI and was on probation at the time of the accident.
The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. His name has not yet been released, but he is said to have been in his 50’s.