MADERA COUNTY — Two separate accidents claimed four lives in Madera County on Saturday, one occurring on Highway 145 and another on Highway 41.
On Saturday, Nov. 11, at 5:10 p.m., Emmit Fowler, 35, of Fresno, was eastbound on Avenue 15 on a 1986 Kawasaki, and stopped at the posted stop sign at Highway 41.
According to witnesses, the motorcyclist failed to yield to a Lexus, southbound on Highway 41, driven by a 78-year-old man from Coarsegold, and was broadsided by the car. He suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Drugs or alcohol do not appear to have been a factor in the accident, according to CHP.
At about 7:45 p.m., a second accident, this one on Highway 145 just west of Highway 41, claimed the life of three people when two cars collided head-on.
The Sheriff’s Office has identified Hayden Lambert, 23, of Madera, as the person who died when the 2015 Honda Civic he was driving crossed the center line, sideswiping a 2016 GMC Canyon, then striking a 2004 Honda Accord head-on. Josie Marquez, 60, and Jesse Gonzales, 60, both from Firebaugh, were killed in the Accord.
A third occupant of the Accord – a 62-year-old woman from Firebaugh – was transported to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries, and the driver of the GMC declined medical treatment.
According to CHP, alcohol and/or drugs appear to be a contributing factor in the collision, which is still under investigation.