Tu­lare County crash kills driver, in­jures pas­sen­ger

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A driver was killed and his pas­sen­ger was in­jured Fri­day night af­ter he ran a stop sign in ru­ral Tu­lare County and was hit by a big rig, ac­cord­ing to the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol.

CHP Of­fi­cer Ed Flynn said the crash hap­pened at Road 44 and Av­enue 376 around 6:40 p.m., south­east of Kings­burg.

The driver of a Kia Soul, iden­ti­fied as Uriel Sanchez Lopez, 19, of Selma, ran a stop sign as he drove east on Av­enue 376. He had a 19-year-old fe­male pas­sen­ger from Selma.

When Lopez crossed into the Road 44 in­ter­sec­tion, the Kia was struck by a south­bound big rig, Flynn said. That crash then led to the big rig strik­ing a sec­ond car trav­el­ing north­bound on Road 44. No in­juries were re­ported from the third ve­hi­cle.

The pas­sen­ger was pinned in the ve­hi­cle and crews used equip­ment to get her out. She was taken to Kaweah Delta Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Visalia with com­plaints of pain to her back, Flynn said. Lopez died at the scene. Road­ways were closed for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion but re­opened by 9:30 p.m. Fri­day.

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