A man and a woman were killed March 11 when the vehicles they were driving collided head-on at Mendocino and Industrial avenues south of Parlier.

The county coroner’s office on March 12 identified the victims as 28-year-old Miriam Hernandez Palomares and 57-year-old James Steele Jr. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office didn’t have the hometowns of Palomares or Steele.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a Dodge 3500 pickup truck driven north on Mendocino by Steele crashed head-on into a southbound Dodge Caravan driven by Palomares near the intersection of Industria;. That’s about a mile-and-a-half south of Manning Avenue, west of Reedley.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene, and the CHP said the two were the only occupants in their vehicles.

If was unclear if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, according to the CHP. Mendocino Avenue was closed for an undetermined about of time after the accident, the CHP said.

The March 11 accident was the latest in a series of crashes in the region that involved multiple vehicles and death or major injuries. On March 4, a 19-year-old man from Citrus Heights in Southern California was charged with DUi after setting off a chain-reaction crash on Highway 180 north of Sanger.

That was little more than a week after a Feb. 25 crash at the rural intersection of Rose and Bethel avenues killed 8-year-old Maverick Martzen of Selma. Karmjit Singh, 35, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter after his vehicle broadsided the car carrying Maverick and his parents, both of who suffered major injuries.

On Feb. 4, a head-on crash on Highway 180 just west of McCall Avenue north of Sanger killed two people including 48-year-old Phia Vang, a 26-year veteran Fresno police officer.

Also killed was 33-year-old Cameron Pryor, a Fresno resident who had a realty business in Sanger. Pryor reportedly was driving erratically east on the highway and eventually went into westbound lanes where the fatal collision occurred.

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