Update: Identities released in highway 46 crash
Update posted March 26
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the identify of some of the people involved in the crash that occurred on Highway 46 near the Jack Ranch Cafe on Saturday.
–The driver of the Mitsubishi who pulled into oncoming traffic was identified as 33-year-old Holga Godinezxochitla of Wasco, her passengers were 33-year-old Alicia Prudencio of Wasco, 49-year-old Geraldo Hernandez of Wasco, and a 33-year-old woman who was pronounced dead at the scene whose identity is still pending. The driver of the minivan was identified as 24-year-old Jose Mendoza of Avenal. His passengers have not been identified.
The Mitsubishi had a total of 4 occupants, one deceased and three transported to Sierra Vista. The minivan had a total of 7 occupants. All were uninjured.
Original story posted March 23
One dead, three seriously injured after accident on Highway 46
–One woman is dead and three people were seriously injured from a crash that occured today around 6:26 a.m. on the Highway 46 near the Jack Ranch Cafe, according to reports.
Reports say 33-year-old Wasco woman Holga Godinezxochitla was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer in the dirt parking area of the Jack Ranch Cafe, getting ready to turn left onto the eastbound lanes of Highway 46 just as a 2000 Toyota Sienna was approaching in the westbound lane of Highway 46. Godinezxochitla reportedly didn’t see a Toyota minivan coming and pulled out directly into the path of the vehicle.
A female passenger sitting in the left back seat of the Mitsubishi Lancer was ejected from the vehicle and thrown onto the road. The woman died at the scene. Authorities have not yet released her identity.
Three people inside Godinezxochitla’s vehicle were transported to Sierra Vista Hospital with major injuries.
Seven people were inside the Toyota minivan. Reports say that no one inside the minivan was injured. Cal Fire reported as many as nine were treated on scene for minor injuries.
Drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be factors in the collision, repots say.
No further details are available at this time.
Firefighters at scene of major vehicle accident Hwy 46 just West of the Y.. please use caution in the area
— CAL FIRE SLO (@CALFIRE_SLO) March 23, 2019