CHP: Driver from United Kingdom ran stop sign at 55 mph, killing 2 near Chowchilla

The California Highway Patrol on Tuesday said a driver sped through a stop sign near Chowchilla at an estimated speed of 55 mph Monday evening, killing two people.

The collision took place shortly after 6 p.m. at Road 22 and Avenue 24. Agnelo Dsouza, 55, of the United Kingdom, was northbound on 22 when he failed to yield for the sign at 24. The Toyota Rav-4 that he was driving collided with a Saturn driven by Angel Diaz, 47, of Chowchilla with three passengers all from Chowchilla. The impact forced the Saturn into a power pole, which was knocked to the ground. The Rav-4 careened into an irrigation ditch.

Two female passengers riding in the Saturn died at the scene. An 18-year-old passenger in the Saturn, Yesena Gudino, 18, was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Agnelo Dsouza and Cheryl Dsouza, 51, were extricated from the Rav-4 with major injuries and were taken to CRMC along with their sons, 26-year-old Brandon and 22-year-old Nigel. Diaz was able to get out of the Saturn on his own and also went to CRMC with major injuries.

The identities of the two female passengers from the Saturn, ages 45 and 50, who were killed in the collision will be released by the Madera County Coroner.

The CHP said the Dsouzas were on a trip to Yosemite National Park.

While the crash remains under investigation, the CHP said neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be a factor.

Power outage in Oakhurst area

A Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spokesman said the power pole that was knocked down helped deliver electricity to the Oakhurst and Coarsegold area some 40 miles northeast, causing an outage that briefly affected about 14,000 customers.

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