A driver who died in a single-vehicle accident on the morning of Thanksgiving Day has been identified as 40-year-old Maria Nunes of Tulare, the Tulare County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday.
About 2:20 a.m., the California Highway Patrol was called to a car crash west of Porterville.
Nunes was at the wheel of a 2008 Toyota driving west on Avenue 152 and west of Road 176, the CHP said. The passenger was a 3-year-old old boy who was not using a child seat and was unrestrained, the CHP said.
For unknown reasons, the Toyota went off the road and hit a power pole. The collision killed the driver and threw the child from the Toyota. The boy, who was not identified, was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center.
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The cause of the crash remains under investigation.