Police / Fire

Driver dies after suspected alcohol-related crash on Santa Ana Valley Road

GoFundMe page set up to help family with funeral expenses
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The California Highway Patrol reported that a man was killed in a suspected solo car crash at approximately 9:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 17 on Santa Ana Valley Road, east of Rodeo Drive in San Benito County. 

The driver, 32-year-old Ivan Gutierrez Aguilar, was taken to Natividad Medical Center where later died from his injuries.

The CHP said Aguilar, who is survived by his pregnant wife Maria Preciado and their three children, apparently was ejected from the car after making an unsafe turn. Alcohol is suspected as a cause of the crash, though the CHP said the accident is still under investigation.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses. 


Laura Romero

Laura Romero has been a reporter and handled marketing/social media for BenitoLink. She has covered education and city government. Formerly, she worked as an assistant account executive at Pembroke PR in San Francisco, where she assisted with press outreach, event coordination, and social media planning. With her PR skills, she has helped to implement social media strategies and develop online giving campaigns for BenitoLink. Laura continues to contribute to BenitoLink on a freelance basis.