On Friday, December 23, 2016, a head-on car collision killed one and seriously injured two, just south of Dinuba. The Tulare County automobile crash occurred on Road 80, at about 8:00 PM.
Michael Mendez, 20, was driving north on Road 80, south of Avenue 384. At that time, Mike Wagner, with his wife Betty, from Visalia, were traveling southbound on Rd 80.
Mendez lost control of his vehicle and turned to the left, swerving into the southbound lane of the roadway.
The two cars collided head-on.
Mike and Betty Wagner suffered severe injuries. They were taken by ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center, for treatment. Betty died a short time later in the hospital.
Mendez also suffered major injuries and was taken to the Visalia hospital.