3 killed, 4-year-old run over in weekend San Joaquin Valley crashes

Three people were killed and a 4-year-old suffered major injuries when he was hit by a car in weekend crashes on central San Joaquin Valley roads, the California Highway Patrol said.

▪ A San Joaquin man died just before midnight Sunday when he lost control of his car on San Benito Avenue just south of the Highway 180 curve in Fresno County. Miguel Tapia Romero, 41, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the 2004 Honda Odyssey to the roadway when it rolled. The CHP said officers found empty alcoholic beverage containers in the crash scene but it’s unknown if Romero was under the influence.

▪ A 22-year-old Orange Cove man was killed just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday on Hills Valley Road south of Dinuba Avenue. The CHP said the man lost control of his 1994 Toyota Tacoma and hit an olive tree; the truck erupted into flames. The man’s name was withheld pending notification of family.

▪ At about 8:30 p.m. Saturday in east Porterville, the 4-year-old ran in front of a car. The CHP said a 40-year-old Porterville man was driving about 25 mph on Crabtree Avenue west of Tulsa Road when the boy darted in front of him. The boy, who was not identified by the CHP, was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia.

▪ A 73-year-old Bakersfield man was killed when a car ran a stop sign on Highway 43 north of Allensworth just after 6 p.m. Saturday. The CHP said the man was driving south when a car carrying four people from Palmdale pulled out in front of him at Avenue 56. The crash sent the man’s 2015 Ford tumbling down an embankment and into a telephone pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and his 69-year-old passenger suffered major injuries.

Two people in the 2001 Chevrolet weren’t wearing seat belts and were ejected, suffering major injuries. The CHP said two others, including a 5-year-old boy, were wearing seat belts and suffered minor injuries. All of the injured were taken to Kaweah Delta.