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A Clovis Car Crash Kills Two People

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By Ariana Duarte and Kyra Jenkins

A vehicle collides head on into another car and kills two people, leaving one in critical condition in Clovis.

Police say a SUV traveling eastbound on Shepard Avenue, swerved in attempt to avoid something in the road. The driver, 20-year-old Kelly Mulligan of Fresno, lost control, crashed into a car in the opposite lane and landed on top of the car.

"She tried to regain control of the vehicle. She ended up sticking the center medium, which caused her to vault over into the opposing lane and strike a Saturn car," said Sgt. Alex Campos, with the Clovis Police Department.

The collision killed two people in the Saturn, 58-year-old William Rowland and 50-year-old Keri Joe Wells and the other passenger in serious condition.

The driver of the Jeep was transported to a local hospital for injuries.

Officials say, it's unclear if speed or alcohol played a role in the crash. Investigators are still determining whether or not anyone was wearing seatbelts, but that may not have made a difference.

"The type of collision that occurred I don't know that seatbelts would have had a big impact.  It's a very violent crash just by the dynamics of the collision with one vehicle striking an object and vaulting into another vehicle, it's just pretty graphic," said Campos.

So "graphic" in fact, that Campos says, he's surprised anyone was able to survive the crash.

Meanwhile, an investigation is underway to determine the details of the accident.

"What we'll do now is reconstruct, in detail, factual diagrams so we can reconstruct it later on if we have to," said Campos.

For Clovis, this was the first traffic fatality of 2008.

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