SUV Accident near G Street Left Officer Hospitalized

MERCED, CA (September 8, 2023) – Wednesday evening, authorities sent an officer to a hospital following a two-vehicle crash at 18th and G Streets.

The California Highway Patrol received reports of the incident around 9:00 p.m., according to Officer Eric Zuniga.

According to the report, a southbound 2014 Jeep Cherokee on G Street hit the left rear of an eastbound 2020 Dodge Charger driven by the officer.

Medical responders rushed the 31-year-old officer to a hospital for treatment for minor injuries. Meanwhile, the 28-year-old Jeep driver from Live Oak and his passenger declined medical treatment at the scene.

In Zuniga’s statement, it was unclear which driver had the right-of-way at the time of the collision. Police do not suspect drugs or alcohol to be a factor in the incident.

The CHP is asking anyone with additional information about the 18th Street two-vehicle crash to contact the Merced-area office at 209-365-6600.

One small driving mistake can lead to a two-vehicle crash. This is why it is important to drive defensively and always abide by all driving laws. Keep your attention on the road, follow the speed limit, and never drive under the influence of altering substances. Moreover, always be prepared and check your vehicle before traveling.

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