Michael Bradfute Dies in Merced Car Accident on Highway 99 near V Street
MERCED, CA (June 22, 2021) — The Merced County Sheriff Coroner’s Office identified Modesto resident 42-year-old Michael Bradfute in a fatal accident on Highway 99 near V Street on June 16.
California Highway Patrol officers responded to the collision on northbound Highway 99 south of V Street at about 10:40 p.m. on June 16. Bradfute drove a 2021 Mazda CX-5 when it failed to slow for traffic ahead and collided with the rear of a tractor trailer driven by a 52-year-old Robert Ondracek of Fresno.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Ondracek was traveling about 10 mph in the No. 1 lane. Road construction north of the crash scene caused the No. 1 lane to merge into the No. 2 lane.
As a result, Bradfute suffered fatal injuries. As for Ondracek, he remained at the scene and did not sustain any injuries in the collision.
In light of this terrible news, we would like to express our sympathies to the family and friends of Michael Bradfute.
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