A 69-year-old Fresno woman was killed Thursday afternoon in a crash on Highway 43 southeast of Hanford caused by a hit-and-run driver, the California Highway Patrol said.
The victim was a passenger in a 1996 Toyota Avalon that was heading south on Highway 43 at 5:50 p.m. when a white truck heading west on Idaho Avenue failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a northbound 2010 GMC Terrain driven by a 49-year-old Fresno man, the CHP said. The GMC was forced into the southbound lane and collided head-on with the Toyota. The driver of the white truck then left the scene and was last seen driving north on Highway 43, the CHP said.
The GMC driver was taken to Saint Agnes Hospital in Fresno with lacerations to his hands. The driver of the Toyota, a 70-year-old Clovis man, was taken to Kaiser Permanente in Fresno for treatment of lacerations to his face. A passenger in the Toyota, a 72-year-old Fresno man, was treated at Adventist Medical Center in Hanford for broken ribs. The other passenger was also taken to Adventist Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. The woman was not identified immediately, pending notification of her family, the CHP said.
The collision is under investigation as a felony hit-and-run, the CHP said.