Brayan Castro-Romero and Maela Garcia Killed in Merced Car Collision at Almond Drive and Ortigalita Road
Merced County, California – The Merced County coroner has identified Brayan Castro-Romero, 21, and Maela Garcia, 20, from Los Banos, as two people who were killed in a single-car crash that happened on Saturday morning in the area of Almond Drive and Ortigalita Road.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a 2001 Toyota was traveling west of Almond Drive just west of Ortigalita Road, when, for undetermined reasons, the car went off the road and crashed into a metal guardrail.
The car then left the road and crashed into the Delta-Mendota Canal where it came to a stop, CHP said.
The incident was reported at around 9:30 a.m. on January 2.
Both Castro-Romero and Garcia were pronounced dead at the scene.
It wasn’t clear who was driving the car during the crash.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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