Dinuba man, 44, died after being ejected when vehicle drifted off road and struck large boulder
DINUBA – A Dinuba man was killed when he was ejected from his vehicle when it veered off a rural road and overturned southeast of the city earlier this month.
The Tulare County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 44-year-old Juan Villalobos Cervantes.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Cervantes was driving a 2008 Mercury Milan east on Avenue 400 (Highway 201) just east of Road 92 sometime after 9 p.m. March 2 when for reasons unknown his vehicle drifted across the westbound lane of the highway onto the north dirt shoulder and off the road. The right side of the vehicle struck a large boulder and overturned onto its side.
Cervantes was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle, the CHP reported. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It was undetermined at the time of the crash if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor. Weather conditions were cold and clear, according to the CHP report.
The highway patrol continues to remind people to always wear your seatbelt when driving and riding in accordance with California DMV laws.