On Saturday, September 24, 2016, an off-duty Tulare County sheriff’s sergeant was killed in a rollover vehicle accident, southeast of Hanford. The Kings County pickup truck crash happened on 7th Avenue, just before midnight.
Mike Yandell, 38, of Visalia, was driving a 2001 Chevy Silverado truck, headed south on 7th Avenue. For an undetermined reason just south of Houston Avenue, Yandell made a turn to the right should of the roadway.
The pickup lost control, veered across both lanes of the street, and crashed into a dirt embankment. The Silverado then overturned, and the victim was ejected from the vehicle.
Yandell was pronounced dead at the scene.
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim. Investigation is needed to determine whether the vehicle malfunctioned, and whether road conditions may have contributed to the accident.