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CHP Urges Drivers to Drive Safely

Fatal accidents over the past week in both Santa Clara and San Benito counties have prompted the CHP to remind people to drive safely.

 According to the California Highway Patrol, two people, including a six-year-old child, were killed in separate traffic accidents over the weekend. 

The accidents occurred Sunday, Feb. 25 in the Hollister area, and were reported less than an hour apart. According to the CHP, one if these resulted in the arrest of an allegedly intoxicated driver on a homicide charge in connection with the death of his six-year-old son, who was a passenger in the vehicle.  

According to the report from the CHP Hollister-Gilroy area office at about 5 p.m. on Feb. 25, authorities responded to a single-vehicle accident on McCloskey Road, just east of San Felipe Road. Jesus Mora, 30, of Hollister, had been driving a GMC Sierra westbound on McCloskey Road with two children in the front seat, when he drifted completely off the roadway onto the dirt shoulder of the roadway, losing control of his vehicle and slamming into a wooden utility pole. 

He was allegedly intoxicated.  

The report went on to say that Mora’s six-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics and a seven-year-old boy was flown to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center with major injuries. 

The report stated that the driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to Hazel Hawkins Hospital in Hollister. He was arrested on suspicion of murder and driving while intoxicated, causing bodily injury. He was booked into the San Benito County Jail. 

An hour earlier, at about 4:10 p.m. police responded to a collision between a motorcycle and SUV truck at the intersection of SR 156 and San Felipe Road in Hollister. 

According to press release the motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries.  

The report stated that a Gilroy man, 43, was driving a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle with a 29-year-old female identified as Tiffany Gonzalez of Gilroy as a passenger. The driver of the motorcycle was stopped at a red traffic signal light in the left turn of SR 156.  

According to the report, for an unknown reason the motorcyclist began making a left turn onto San Felipe Road while the traffic light was still red, just as a 2005 GMC Sierra, driven by a 66-year-old Elisa Ahumada of Hollister, was approaching the intersection on southbound SR 156 at about 50 mph.  

After entering the intersection, the motorcyclist began applying the vehicle’s brakes in an effort to avoid colliding with the approaching GMC, but was unsuccessful and as a result the Harley Davidson driver suffered fatal injuries upon impact, the report said.  

He was pronounced dead at the scene. "His passenger suffered major injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Natividad Medical Center," the report continued.  

The accident is under investigation. Authorities don't think alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision. 

"The California Highway Patrol's Hollister-Gilroy Area office and the San Benito County Sheriff's office are sadly reporting the occurrence of three fatal traffic collisions in our jurisdictional areas of both San Benito and Santa Clara Counties over the past weekend," said a report release from the CHP. "While any loss of life is tragic, a loss of life resulting from something preventable is especially troubling.  Most traffic collisions are preventable.  We would like to pause and take this moment to remind our citizens to drive safely and courteously at all times.  Obey all traffic laws."  

The report goes on to say, "please watch your speed as speed is a major factor in most collisions.  Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs…Wear your seat belt.  Seat belts save lives and prevent injuries.  Do not put your own life at risk, or the life of your family or friends.  Buckle up. You increase your chances of surviving a serious collision by 50 percent when you choose to wear your seat belt."   

The CHP also reminds drivers that if they "witness unsafe driving behavior such as reckless driving or suspect someone is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs please call 911 immediately to report the incident." 


BenitoLink Staff