Oakhurst, CA – Joan Rice, Lon Rice Die in Head-On Collision
Oakhurst, CA (August 1, 2018) – Two people were tragically killed in a Monday afternoon crash in Oakhurst, California. Police say that 87-year-old Joan Rice and 74-year-old Lon Rice were traveling on Highway 49 just after 1:00 pm. At that time, a US Forest Service Vehicle veered into the Rice’s lane of travel.
The Forest Service Vehicle struck the Rice’s Chevy pickup head-on. Both Joan and Lon Rice suffered critical injuries from the impact of the collision. Lon Rice died at the scene. Joan Rice was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center where she later succumbed to her injuries.
The driver of the Forest Service Vehicle is 69-year-old Judy Reynolds. A passenger is identified 68-year-old Linda Archebeque. Both Reynolds and Archebeque have minor injuries from the crash. At this time, neither drugs nor alcohol are factors in this crash.
Authorities have not said what caused the Forest Service Vehicle to leave its lane of travel. A police investigation remains ongoing.
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Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Joan and Lon Rice following this tragic head-on crash.
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