The names of three men killed in a collision at a rural intersection have been released by the Kings County Coroner’s Office.
They were identified as Catalino Santos-Martinez 29, Faustino Ambrocio, 31, and Raul Lucero, 34, all of Madera.
Three men on their way to farm labor jobs died Thursday in a collision at a rural Kings County intersection south of Lemoore.
All were Madera residents.
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Just before 6 a.m., the men were in a 1994 Buick LeSabre heading south on 19th Avenue when the driver missed a stop sign and was broadsided by a 2015 Dodge Ram 3500 diesel pickup heading east on Laurel Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.
“This was a preventable traffic collision,” CHP officer Adam Barresi said.
All three were pronounced dead at the scene. The names of the victims were not immediately available.
Alcohol or drugs did not appear to be a factor and the weather was clear and dry, Barresi said. The collision sent the Buick into two utility poles at the southeast corner, which came down.
Several hours after the accident and after the vehicles had been towed away, 15 friends and family members of the men who died came to the intersection to grieve.
Guillermo Leon of Madera, who identified himself as a cousin of one of the victims, said he knew all three men. Two were married with children, he said.
The pickup overturned and came to rest on its wheels. Driver Elias T. Pacheco, 34, of Huron, complained of pain and went to Adventist Medical Center in Hanford.
Pacheco, who said he was driving about 55 mph, had the right of way because there’s no stop sign for east-west traffic at the intersection, Barresi said.
The area was closed to traffic for most of the day to remove downed wires and replace the utility pole. An electricity outage affected about 493 connections in the area, but most had electricity restored within an hour and a half, Pacific Gas & Electric said.