A woman was killed and a man was injured Nov. 18 when their car veered off the roadway and into an irrigation canal near Hanford, the California Highway Patrol said.
Jorge Romero, 30, of Porterville, was driving a 2002 Honda Accord on Sixth Avenue near Virginia Avenue about 8:30 a.m. The CHP reported that Romero was not paying attention and drove off the road’s northern edge and into the canal. The car flipped several times.
Romero was taken by helicopter to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno with moderate injuries. His passenger, a 24-year-old Porterville woman, died at the scene. Her name was not released pending notification of her family.
Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor, but the CHP is investigating the collision.