OAKHURST — On Sunday, May 8, 2022, at approximately 9:15 p.m., the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Merced Communications Center (MCC) dispatched CHP Oakhurst area units to a call of a two-vehicle traffic collision with possible ejections and an ambulance responding. The collision occurred in the area of Road 426 and Road 427 (School Road). It was determined the true location of the collision was Road 426 west of Road 427.
CHP units were the first emergency personnel on scene. It was confirmed that the two occupants of a BMW were ejected, each sustaining suspected serious (major) injuries. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrived shorty after and transported the BMW occupants from the scene to Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC) via Sierra Ambulance.
The driver of the BMW was pronounced deceased at 10:58 p.m. and the Madera County Coroner was notified by Madera County Sheriff’s Office deputies on scene. The preliminary investigation determined the driver of the BMW, along with an adult female passenger, identified as Danika Ibbotson, were traveling eastbound on Road 426 at an undetermined high rate of speed, west of Road 427 (School Road).
The driver of the BMW made an unsafe lane change from the #1 lane to the #2 lane, and struck a white Honda Civic, driven by Justin Wevers with passenger identified as Dominic Ginn. The BMW traveled out of control in a southeasterly direction off the roadway and the driver side of the BMW struck a tree.
Both the driver and passenger of the BMW were ejected. At least one of the occupants was not wearing their seatbelt. The occupants of the Honda sustained suspected minor injuries and refused medical transport.
This collision is pending further investigation. It is unknown at this time whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision.
Any information or inquiries may be routed to the Oakhurst area CHP.
The Madera County Coroner will be making notification to the next of kin.