Visalia Police Identify Couple Killed in Monday Night Head-On Crash


Jimmie Sue Cheek and Darrell Cheek Killed in Visalia Car Accident on Highway 198

Visalia, California – Visalia Police Department identified the couple who died in a Monday night head-on collision near Mineral King Avenue and Crumal Street.

Jimmie Sue Cheek, 72, and Darrell Cheek, 77, were the victims of the July 6 fatal Visalia collision.

The couple was married for more than 50 years, as per a local news source.

According to Visalia police, officers received reports of a head-on crash at about 7:08 p.m. and responded to the scene.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge pickup truck headed west on Highway 198 veered off the highway for unknown reasons onto Mineral King Avenue.

The pickup continued west on Mineral King into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into an eastbound Nissan Rogue.

Sue and Darrell were the occupants of the Nissan Rogue. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the pickup, 30-year-old Devin Terry, was taken to a local hospital with major injuries.

It remained unclear why Terry drove into oncoming traffic but an investigation is ongoing.

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