A group of people visiting the Merced River on June 30 were likely doing so to beat the heat. Unfortunately, as they left the area, the car they were in crashed and landed in the Merced River.
According to California Highway Patrol Officer Tim Kilcrease, the accident happened around 2:40 p.m. on Sunday. Ashley Stayner, 27, of Atwater was driving a 2013 Hyundai on River Road toward Highway 140. She made an unsafe turning motion, and the car left the road.
Kilcrease said the car traveled down the...
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