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Man fatally struck by car following crash in Prunedale

PRUNEDALE—A man died following a two-vehicle crash on Highway 101 at Prunedale South Road early on July 16.

Cmdr. Derrel Simpson of the Monterey County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office identified Daniel Lewis Castaneda, 29, of San Jose as the victim. Simpson added that Castaneda was a correctional officer at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad.

At 5:32am a Toyota sedan collided with a Honda sedan just north of Highway 156, California Highway Patrol officer Jessica Madueño said.

After the crash Castaneda exited his vehicle, Madueño said, and was struck by a passing car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Madueño said the CHP advises anyone in a crash on the highway to stay in their vehicle with their seatbelt on, to call 911 and wait for help.

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.

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