Passenger Dies after Two Vehicles Collide on Ashby Road at Cooper Avenue
MERCED, CA (June 24, 2022) – 75-year-old Merced resident Barbara Guth died in a two-vehicle accident in Merced on Wednesday afternoon, June 22.
The accident happened just after 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Ashby Road and Cooper Avenue. CHP officials said Guth was a passenger in a 2019 Volkswagen, driven by 85-year-old Heintz Guth. The Volkswagen was facing southbound on Cooper Avenue and stopped at the intersection of Ashby Road.
A 2019 Nissan, driven by 22-year-old Ashlie Resendes of Fresno, was traveling west on Ashby Road. For unknown reasons, Resendes turned the vehicle to the north and into the southbound lane of Cooper Avenue.
The front of the Nissan collided with the left side of the Volkswagen, causing it to overturn onto the shoulder of Cooper Avenue.
As a result, Guth suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene, according to the Merced County Sheriff Coroner’s Office.
Both Heintz Guth and Resendes were transported to Mercy Medical Center with minor injuries.
Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Barbara Guth.
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