The California Highway Patrol is searching for a Delhi man who was behind the wheel in a collision that left his passenger dead.
The name of the deceased has not been released pending next of kin notification. The deceased was a 43-year-old Delhi woman.
The driver, identified by the CHP as Randy Alexander Avila, 40, of Delhi, was seen fleeing the crash scene and has not been located.
The two-vehicle collision happened at 8:40 a.m. Thursday at Bloss Avenue and Palm Street in Delhi.
Avila was driving a 2016 Nissan Sentra southbound on Palm Street, approaching the intersection with Bloss Avenue, according to the CHP.
The intersection has posted stop signs on Palm Street.
The CHP reported that Avila failed to stop at the posted stop sign and entered the intersection at an unknown speed. The Nissan was broadsided on the right side by a 2015 Chevrolet Sonic that was traveling eastbound on Bloss Avenue at an estimated speed of 50 miles per hour.
“Immediately after the collision, witnesses observed the driver of the Nissan, Avila, run on foot to the orchards located on the south shoulder of Bloss Avenue,” CHP Officer Eric Zuniga said in a news release.
The driver of the Chevrolet, Rosa Olivera, 66, of Hilmar, sustained moderate injuries in the crash and was taken by air ambulance to Memorial Medical Center.
The 43-year-old Delhi woman was rushed by ambulance to Emanuel Medical Center, where she was pronounced deceased.
Olivera was not found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the CHP.
The CHP is actively seeking Avila’s whereabouts. Anyone with information on his location is asked to call the Merced area CHP at 356-6600 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays or 356-2900 after hours.