YUBA CITY, CA - A violent crash at Highway 99 and a side road claimed the lives of four men Tuesday afternoon.
Thursday, the coroner's division of the Sutter County Sheriff's Office identified the deceased as Alfonso Salazar, 54; Reymundo, Salazar, Genaro Salazar-Moctezuma, 40 and Melchor Inez-Zamacona, 40. They were all from Yuba City.
The two-vehicle crash was at southbound Highway 99 and Oswald Road south of Yuba City.
California Highway Patrol Officer Jodie Beck said a 1997 Toyota Camry being driven on westbound Oswald pulled out in front of a 2005 Mercedes S550 going southbound on 99. There was a stop sign on Oswald. It wasn't clear if the driver of the Toyota stopped first.
The Mercedes broadsided the Toyota between the front passenger and rear passenger doors. A passenger sitting on the left rear passenger side was ejected. The passenger was not wearing a seatbelt, said Beck.
The crash impact sent the Toyota south into a ditch running along southbound 99 and into a spin. The Toyota then struck a light pole before coming to a stop.
The Mercedes came to a stop facing west. The 23-year-old driver suffered major injuries; his 25-, 30- and 38-year-old female passengers had minor injuries. They were transported to UC Davis Medical center and Rideout Hospital in Marysville. They are from Chico and Paradise.
Those who live and work near the intersection said they have wanted a traffic light there for years.
"Small accidents all the time. But major accidents, once a year," said Ashok Kumar, the manager of a gas station near the intersection.
Kumar said many have urged local authorities to make safety improvements.
"Local government doesn't care about this one. I am very upset," Kumar said. "Every time we look and we feel bad and our heart feels bad because we are all human, so too many families."
It wasn't known yet if alcohol or drugs or something else played a part.
Beck said the collision was at approximately 2:30 p.m.