CHP: Cholame 'Y' crash claims the life of one man, eight injured

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CHOLAME — The Cholame "Y" intersection of State Route 41 and State Route 46 was the scene of a fatality collision on Wednesday, Aug. 7, involving two vehicles, the California Highway Patrol reported.

According to the CHP at approximately 10:03 p.m., Zi Tao Pan, 39, of Fresno, was driving his 2015 Honda Odyssey eastbound on State Route 46 toward the state routes intersection, known as the Cholame "Y". In Zi Tao Pan's car was Li Qing, 39, Michelle Pan, Andy Pan, and Xiuyu Yang, all from Fresno.

Another vehicle, a 1997 Ford F-150 driven by Federico Lopez Torres, 45, of Creston, was also traveling toward the Cholame "Y". His passengers were Juan Silva Casares, 48, Ramiro Jaime Valadez, 31, and Francisco Silva, 45, also all of Creston. Valadez also owns the Ford F-150 driven by Torres that evening.

Zi Tao Pan entered the left turn lane to turn left to proceed northbound on State Route 41 toward Fresno. As Zi Tao Pan was making a left-hand turn within the intersection he failed to observe the westbound Ford approaching the intersection. He turned the Honda directly into the path of Torres who was unable to stop in time, colliding head-on.

After the collision, both vehicles came to rest in a westerly direction on the north shoulder of State Route 46 within the State Route 41/State Route 46 intersection.

As a result of the collision, the right-front passenger of the Ford F-150, Casares, died at the scene. According to CHP, Casares was not wearing his seatbelt. The driver, Torres sustained minor injuries including seatbelt abrasions, Valadez sustained moderate injuries to his head and both Torres and Valadez were transported to Twin Cities Community Hospital by San Luis Ambulance. Silva had major injuries to his head, eye, and ear lacerations. He was transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center by CHP helicopter and treated for his injuries.  Zi Tao Pan had minor injuries and Qing suffered moderate injuries and both were transported to Twin Cities Community Hospital by ambulance. Michelle Pan and Andy Pan were transported to Twin Cities Hospital by ambulance and treated for their injuries. Yang was transported by ambulance to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for her injuries.

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