On 3/30/16 at approximately 7:31 p.m., a traffic accident occurred on Highway 140 at Central Avenue in Atwater. Just prior to the accident, California Highway Patrol received reports of a white Chevy Tahoe driving recklessly on Highway 140. Shortly thereafter, the Tahoe struck a Toyota Corolla head-on, causing the Tahoe to flip multiple times. Officers at the scene said the Tahoe speedometer was stopped at 100 mph upon removal of the male from his vehicle.
The female driver of the Toyota Corolla was pronounced deceased at the scene. She has been identified as Elena Maciel-Garcia (67). The driver of the Tahoe has been identified as Victor Garcia Santos (29) of Merced. Santos was transported by Riggs Air One to an undisclosed hospital with major injuries. He remains hospitalized as of this morning.
Santos was arrested at the hospital charging him with gross vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence causing death and driving on a suspended license.