A 43-year-old woman dies, driver flees.

CHP responded to a two-vehicle traffic collision that occurred in the area of Bloss Avenue and Palm Street in Delhi.

When emergency responders arrived in the area , they began to extricate a 43-year-old female passenger from a 2016 Nissan Sentra which had major passenger side damage as result of the collision. The female passenger was immediately transported by AMR Ambulance to Emanuel Medical Center, Turlock CA, where she was later pronounced deceased. The driver of the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic, later identified as Rosa Olivera (66, Hilmar, CA) sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, CA, by Air Ambulance, according to CHP.

During the investigation, it was determined that Randy Alexander Avila (40, Delhi, CA) was driving the Nissan Sentra on southbound Palm Street, approaching the intersection of Bloss Avenue at an unknown rate of speed. Mrs. Olivera was driving the Chevrolet Sonic on eastbound Bloss Avenue, approaching the intersection at Palm Street at approximately 50 mph. At this intersection, southbound Palm Street at Bloss Avenue has a posted stop sign. For unknown reason, Mr. Avila failed to stop at the posted stop sign and proceeded into the intersection. The Chevrolet’s front end broadsided the Nissan’s right side within the intersection. Immediately after the collision, witnesses observed the driver of the Nissan, Avila, run on foot into the orchards located on the south shoulder of Bloss Avenue. A search for the Mr. Avila was conducted with no results. Mrs. Olivera was not determined to be under the influence of alcohol or/and drugs at the time of the collision.

This collision is still under investigation and the California Highway Patrol is looking for assistance with locating Randy Alexander Avila (07/25/1980) who is a person of interest involved in this fatal collision. 

Please contact CHP Officer R. Kennell with any information regarding this collision. For media inquiries, please contact Public Information Officer Eric C. Zuniga at (209) 356-6608.

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