The Sutter County Coroner’s Office has identified the four Yuba City men killed in Tuesday’s two-car accident on Oswald road and Highway 99, near Yuba City.
Three of the men are brothers: Alfonso Salazar, 54, Reymundo Salazar, 42, and Genaro Salazar-Moctezuma, 40. The fourth victim was identified as Melchor Inez-Zamacona, 40.
At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, a 1997 Toyota Camry, driven by Alfonso Salazar, was going west on Oswald Road. For some unknown reason, the vehicle, which had three passengers, went into the intersection with Highway 99, where a 2008 Mercedes S550, driven by Sonny Granados, 23, of Chico was going south.
The Mercedes, which had three female passengers, hit the Toyota between the front and rear passenger doors, ejecting the Toyota’s rear passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt.
The crash caused the Toyota to spin, with the trunk colliding with a light pole. The vehicle landed in the west ditch of Highway 99, south of Oswald Road, facing west. All four occupants of the Toyota were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Mercedes eventually came to rest partly on the shoulder of the road and partly in the ditch.
Granados suffered serious injuries, while his passengers - May Subaran, 25, of Chico; Jennifer Gonzalez, 38, of Paradise, and Lucia Granados, 30 of Chico - had minor injuries.
Grandos and Subaran were taken to UC Davis Medical Center, while Gonzales and Lucia Granados went to Rideout Memorial Hospital.
The intersection is controlled by stop signs for Oswald Road to enter onto Highway 99. Investigators are talking to witnesses to determine whether Salazar failed to stop at the intersection, or stopped and then proceeded. Traffic on Highway 99 has the right of way.
It is unknown whether alcohol or drugs were involved in this accident, as the investigation is ongoing. Speed was not a factor.
Call The Bee’s Tillie Fong, (916) 321-1006.