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2 Dead Fatal Crash into Planada Canal at Cody and Haskell Avenues

Dorothy Alt and Marcia Garcia Trapped in Car Under Water

fatal Planada car accidentPLANADA, MERCED COUNTY – Marcia Garcia, 20, year of Merced, and her passenger, Dorothy Alt, 23, of Planada. were both killed early Monday morning when their vehicle veered off the roadway and crashed into the Planada Canal near Cody and Haskell avenues, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office alerted CHP officers about the collision and called for firefighters to respond at 3:13 a.m.. The women were reportedly still inside the vehicle when it became fully submerged in the water. Responding firefighters were unable to reach the women to rescue them and they remained trapped in the vehicle.

Fatal Crash Investigation

Police are heading up a full investigation into what led to this vehicle crashing into the Planada Canal. There were few details provided in the CHP report and it does not state what led up to the vehicle plunging into the canal. The intersection is a fair distance from the canal.

There are so many unanswered questions. Could there have been a mechanical malfunction in the vehicle? Was there alcohol or drugs involved? Did this involve a medical emergency?  Was there a traffic violation or another vehicle involved? A police report will eventually be released to surviving family members and will state the cause and liability.

If you were hurt in a crash or have lost a loved one, we urge you to contact our accident attorneys at 800-235-6801 to request a free consultation. Johnson Attorneys Group can provide answers to your many questions and help protect your legal rights.

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