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Hanford man in fatal head-on collision identified

The 20-year-old man who died in a head-on collision on Highway 43 south of Corcoran has been identified by the Tulare County coroner as Eric Pimentel of Hanford.

Pimentel was driving a GMC pickup north on Highway 43 south of Avenue 144 when the accident happened the morning of April 1. The pickup, for unknown reasons, crossed into the path of a Freightliner heading south at about 55 mph and collided head-on.

The driver of the Freightliner, Raul Torres Yanez, 59, tried to turn away from the pickup truck but could not avoid the collision. Yanez was uninjured. Pimentel died at the scene.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

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