Victim of fatal Atwater crash identified

A 51-year-old old man killed in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning near Atwater has been identified as Steven Hill, according to the Merced County Coroner’s Office.

Hill was driving a 2010 Honda Accord at an unknown speed heading east on Atwater-Jordan Road, approaching Lincoln Boulevard as Miguel Morales, 53, of Chowchilla, was driving a big rig southbound on Lincoln, approaching Atwater-Jordan Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP Officer Alberto Onsurez said the intersection has stop signs posted on Atwater-Jordan Road, but none on Lincoln. Hill’s car failed to halt at the stop sign on Atwater-Jordan Road and traveled into the big rig’s path.

The big rig struck the left side of the Honda, the CHP said, and both vehicles traveled to the southeast corner of the intersection, striking a power pole near an orchard.

Morales suffered no injuries in the crash.

Power lines fell as a result of the crash. Authorities said emergency personnel were unable to aid Hill until Pacific Gas and Electric workers could address the fallen power lines. After the area was declared safe, paramedics were able to get to Hill. He was pronounced dead at 10:36 a.m., according to Onsurez.

DUI was not a factor in the crash, according to CHP.