Ieli Paulo Ieli and Andres Hernandez Diaz Identified as Persons Killed in Merced Crash

Ieli Paulo Ieli and Andres Hernandez Diaz Killed in Merced Crash on Highway 59

Merced County, California (June 25, 2022) – Authorities have identified two people killed in Merced County crash on Tuesday morning as 33-year-old Ieli Paulo Ieli and 22-year-old Andres Hernandez Diaz.

According to a California Highway Patrol dispatch, the accident happened shortly before 4:30 a.m. June 20, on Highway 59 at Furtado Road.


Ieli Paulo Ieli and Andres Hernandez Diaz Killed in Merced Crash on Highway 59


Per the report, Diaz was a 2011 Ford Fusion passenger while Ieli was driving a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe when the accident happened. The two cars and a 2015 Chevrolet Sonic were reportedly heading south on Highway 59.

It was reported that the 2022 Volvo semi-truck heading north, for reasons yet to be determined, veered into the approaching cars and crashed head-on into the three vehicles.

Firefighters and medics rushed to the scene and declared both Diaz and Ieli dead at the accident area.

The Fusion driver, 20 years, was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto for treatment. 

The Chevrolet driver a 54-year-old Los Banos male resident, and the male truck driver, a 28-year-old Kingsburg resident, were not injured in the collision.

No additional information regarding this incident was provided.

An investigation is ongoing.

Original Story

Merced County, California (June 21, 2022) – Two people were killed after a multi-vehicle collision that happened early morning in Merced County, according to the California Highway Patrol report.

The collision occurred a while before 4:30 a.m. on Highway 59 at Furtado Road.

As per the police dispatch, a semi-truck swerved over the roadway and hit three vehicles heading south on the highway. It was not immediately known why the truck veered over.

Officials confirmed two people died as a result of the accident.

Authorities said that they did not suspect drugs or alcohol to have played a role in the accident.

Traffic delays were expected in the location as crews cleared the debris.

No further details concerning this crash were released.

An investigation is ongoing.

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