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Calexico Man Dies in Head-on Crash on Highway 98

CALEXICO — An elderly local man died in a head-on collision about 10 miles east of the city when a driver traveling in the opposite direction drifted into the man’s lane on Monday, May 3, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The 83-year-old Calexico resident, who was alone in his vehicle when the noontime collision occurred, was pronounced dead at the scene around 12:30 p.m. by a Holtville fire crew member, the Highway Patrol stated.

The collision occurred on Highway 98 east of Holdridge Road when Campo resident Detron Williams, 41, was heading east on 98 and “for reasons still under investigation, Williams allowed the Lincoln (he was driving) to drift to the left into the westbound lane of State Route 98,” the Highway Patrol reported.

A Google Streetview image shows the approximate location of a barren stetch of Highway 98 east of Holdridge Road where an 83-year-old Calexico man was killed in a head-on collision on Monday, May 3. | GOOGLE IMAGE

“Williams and the driver of the Pontiac (who has not been identified) both attempted to take evasive action to avoid the collision but were unable to successfully do so,” according to the report.

Highway Patrol stated that Williams sustained only minor injuries and was not transported to a hospital, but that his passenger, 23-year-old Mistie Upchurch, sustained major injuries to her left leg and was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center by air ambulance.

The collision remained under investigation, and Highway Patrol reported “impairment was not a factor in this collision.”

No other information was available.

A fatal head-on collision occurred on Highway 98 east of Holdridge Road (east of red pin) around noon Monday, May 3. | GOOGLE MAP
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