Friday, 17 May 2024

Man killed in Sunday crash identified

MIDDLETOWN – A Sunday morning crash claimed the life of a Middletown man Sunday.


Michael Medrano, 41, was the victim of the single-vehicle crash, his family confirmed Wednesday.


California Highway Patrol Officer Adam Garcia said the collision that took Medrano's life occurred at about 12:25 a.m. Sunday.


Medrano was alone, driving his 1991 Nissan pickup westbound on Highway 175, west of the Dry Creek Cutoff, said Garcia.


“He was coming out of a slight curve in the road and veered off the road to the right and struck a tree head-on,” Garcia said.


The impact, said Garcia, caused the truck to spin out and hit another tree.


Medrano, who was wearing his seat belt, died at the scene, Garcia said.


Garcia said alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor in the fatal collision. However, the CHP is awaiting a coroner's report before making a final conclusion.


Officer Steve Tanguay is investigating the case, Garcia said.


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