A missed stop sign at a Hilmar intersection led to a collision Friday night that claimed the lives of two individuals and critically injured a third, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Killed in the two vehicle crash were Arnold Anderson, 30, of Hilmar and Luanne Prouty, 63, of Hickman.
The collision occurred at 11:55 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Highway 165 and Williams Avenue.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Anderson was driving a Honda Civic eastbound on Williams Avenue and Prouty was northbound on Highway 165 in a 2000 Ford F-150.
Williams Avenue has two stop signs posted at the intersection with Highway 165. For an unknown reason, Anderson failed to stop at the posted sign and proceeded into the intersection, where the Civic collided with the left front of the truck, the CHP reported.
Both the drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.
A passenger in the Ford, Russell Prouty, 63, was taken by air ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto with major injuries, according to the CHP.
Both the Hilmar and Stevinson fire departments responded to the scene.
The investigation into the fatal crash is ongoing and it has not yet been determined if drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision.