A 22-year-old man from Madera was killed Monday afternoon as he attempted to turn from Highway 152 onto Road 13, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Servando Aguilar Lopez was driving a 2017 Honda westbound at 1:50 pm when he used the cross-over intersection and for unknown reasons turned in front of and struck an eastbound 2016 Honda with a 31-year-old male driver and four male passengers from Fresno. That car was moving at roadway speed. The force of the impact demolished and spun both cars around onto the shoulder of Hwy 152, where they remained upright and began to smoke.
Lopez was pulled from his vehicle as it burst into flames but he was pronounced dead at the scene. The five occupants of the car struck by Lopez all sustained moderate to major injuries with the front passenger being flown by Life Flight helicopter to Community Regional Medical Center.
Traffic on Hwy 152 was impacted for several hours as emergency crews worked to treat the injured, investigate and clear the scene of the fatality.
The collision remains under investigation. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the collision.
Toxicology reports are pending.