Crime

Woman in critical condition after three-car crash, police say

An 18-year-old suspected of speeding while drunk in a Lamborghini is accused of causing a crash that sent a woman to the hospital in critical condition on Saturday night, according to the Visalia Police Department.

Mark Anthony Verdugo, of Visalia, was driving a Lamborghini Huracan east on Walnut Avenue around 11:30 p.m. when he drove through the intersection at Court Street and slammed into two other cars, police said in a news release.

The driver and passenger of a Toyota Camry that was driving north on Court were taken to the hospital. The female passenger is in critical condition. Police originally reported the passenger had died in the accident but updated their statement later in the day saying the victim was in critical condition and their earlier reports were incorrect.

The driver, 23-year-old Alonzo Prado of Visalia, suffered moderate injuries, police said.

Nancy Haywood, 32, the driver of a Lincoln MKZ that was headed south on Court, had minor injuries.

Police found a loaded .45 caliber pistol in the Lamborghini.

Verdugo was taken to the hospital for a lumbar injury, then arrested on suspicion of DUI, a felony warrant, vehicular manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPanoo
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