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WASCO: Fatal DUI Crash at Garces Highway and Wildwood Road near Delano; Juvenar Lopez Moreno Dead, Antonio Jaramillo and Ernesto Aranda Injured

wasco fatal crash garces highway and wildwood roadWASCO (October 24, 2016)- According to the California Highway Patrol, a deadly two-vehicle collision took place Sunday morning at Garces  Highway and Wildwood Road.

Police officials determined that two pickups, a GMC pickup truck and a Dodge hauling a trailer full of cattle, had collided.

Authorities disclosed that the driver of the Dodge with the cattle identified as  Adrian Meza, 35, blew through a stop sign at it headed northbound on Wildwood triggering the crash with the GMC driven by Ernesto Aranda, 42.

A 23-year-old man of Arvin identified as Juvenar Lopez Moreno inside the GMC tragically suffered fatal injuries. He has not been publicly identified as this time.

Several motorists were seriously injured and remained hospitalized as of Monday morning.

The injured parties have since been identified as Antonio Jaramillo, 28, who was a passenger inside of Meza’s vehicle. He was transported to Kern Med Center.

Manuel Ariciga Junior was also inside Meza’s vehicle and seriously injured. He was taken to Delano Regional Med Center.

Both Ernesto Arnada and his passenger, Juan Rodriguez-Najar, were moderately injured.

A total of five cattle inside of Meza’s vehicle were killed as he was believed to have been under the influence and may possibly be charged.


We are deeply saddened by the news of this tragedy. We offer our prayers and heartfelt condolences to decreased and the injured victims, their friends, and family members during such a difficult time.


A serious injury or a death to a family member after an accident is both tragic and devastating to a surviving family. The grief, shock, and anger that set in are overwhelming, to say the least. We understand that no amount of money can make up for a devastating injury or loss of a loved one, however, it is important that a victim or family be made aware of their rights. At Johnson Attorneys Group, our experienced Kern County attorneys work aggressively to recover everything our clients are entitled to by law. If you are looking for a wrongful death or a personal injury attorney, contact our office today at 800-235-6801.

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