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Four hurt in two unrelated accidents

June 02, 2001

Four people were injured in a pair of unrelated traffic accidents on Imperial Valley highways Friday.

According to a California Highway Patrol press release, shortly before 8 a.m. Jesus Garcia, 41, of Brawley attempted to change lanes as he was southbound on Highway 86 just north of Keystone Road when he realized there was a car in his blind spot.

Garcia overcorrected his steering first by turning too hard to the left and then again to the right. His car skidded and sideswiped the left side of the car he'd been trying to avoid.

That car, driven by 21-year-old Christina Garcia of El Centro, was forced onto the west dirt shoulder, where it struck a sign.


Jesus Garcia's car skidded out of control and came to rest on its wheels also on the west dirt shoulder, the press release states.

Christina Garcia received minor injuries and would seek aid on her own if needed, the release states.

Jesus Garcia was uninjured, but his two passengers, Rosario Garcia, 45, and Joel Garcia, 16, both of Brawley, suffered minor injuries including complaints of pain.

Information on if or where Rosario and Joel Garcia were transported for treatment was unavailable by presstime Saturday.

The second incident occurred about 8:30 p.m. when a tractor trailer rig collided with another vehicle on Highway 111 north of Calipatria, according to a Highway Patrol press release.

Donald Fong, 65, of Calipatria was southbound on Highway 111 when his vehicle collided with the northbound tractor trailer rig.

Fong sustained a possible fractured femur and lacerations.

The driver of the other vehicle, Normand Landry, age unavailable, and his passenger, Nancy Monette, 28, both of Quebec, Canada, were uninjured.

The collision is under investigation.

Further information was unavailable Saturday.

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