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Oakhurst man, Ahwahnee teen dead after car overturns into Bass Lake

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office posted this picture on its Facebook page of deputies on the scene with CHP and CALFIRE for a submerged vehicle in Bass Lake on Wednesday.
The Madera County Sheriff’s Office posted this picture on its Facebook page of deputies on the scene with CHP and CALFIRE for a submerged vehicle in Bass Lake on Wednesday. MADERA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Two people died Wednesday after a car plunged into Bass Lake.

The incident occurred on eastbound Road 222, where the vehicle was negotiating a left curve, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The car, a 2006 Toyota driven by Samuel Rosasco, a 21-year-old Oakhurst man, left the road, struck an embankment and came to rest after overturning in the lake.

Three of the four tires were exposed when officers arrived around 7:30 a.m.

The driver and the passenger Karina Barnett, a 17-year-old Awahnee girl, were pronounced dead at the scene, the CHP said.

It was unclear how much time passed before the accident was reported to law enforcement.

In a news release Wednesday afternoon, CHP investigators noted neither person was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Road 222 was closed between the Way of Mono Trail and the Forks Resort while emergency crews attended to the scene.

The car was removed from the lake.

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