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May 25, 2024

Tres Pinos man killed in traffic incident on Panoche Road

A 67-year-old Tres Pinos man died in a traffic collision Sunday in southern San Benito County.

The fatality victim was Jere Renz, according to the San Benito County Coroner’s Office.

According to the California Highway Patrol:

At approximately 1:09 p.m., the CHP Monterey Communication Center received a report of a traffic collision with possible fatal injuries which occurred on Panoche Road, west of Little Panoche Road.

Units from the California Highway Patrol, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Hollister Fire Department, and Rural Metro Ambulance were immediately dispatched to the scene of the collision.

Despite the efforts of the involved agencies, the driver was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of the collision. The driver and solo occupant of a 1989 Ford F350 pickup truck were westbound on Panoche Road, approximately six miles west of Little Panoche Road, at an unknown speed. For an unknown reason, the driver of the 1989 Ford F350 pickup truck failed to safely negotiate a curve in the roadway and caused the 1989 Ford F350 pickup truck to travel off the south road edge of Panoche Road and down a steep, dirt embankment, where the 1989 Ford F350 pickup truck overturned onto its left side.

As a result of the collision, the driver of the 1989 Ford F350 pickup truck was partially ejected from his vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. At this time, it is unknown if drug and/or alcohol impairment was a factor to this collision. At this time, the time of the collision is unknown.

Any witnesses are requested to contact Officer C. Youngs at (408) 848-2324 with information.

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