24-year-old, father of 2 identified as man killed in Madera County

24-year-old, father of 2 identified as man killed in Madera County

MADERA COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A man who died in a deadly six-vehicle crash in Madera County last week has been identified by friends.

On Jan. 18, California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to a deadly six-vehicle crash near Highway 152 and Road 9. According to officers, one person was killed in the crash and died on the scene.

In a GoFundMe, friends of the man who died have identified him as 24-year-old Antonio Alcantara.

Jeannette Kreuzer/ GoFundMe
Jeannette Kreuzer/ GoFundMe

Investigators say the six-vehicle crash started when a white Freightliner truck tractor loaded with wood bundles of tree stakes southbound on Road 9, attempted to cross the intersection with Highway 152. The Freightliner had stopped at a posted stop sign and proceeded through the intersection after noticing a BMW 325 approaching at a distance.

Officers say the driver of the BMW was traveling westbound on Highway 152, within the number one lane, at a high rate of speed, approaching the intersection with Road 9.

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Due to the high rate of speed and low visibility, investigators say the BMW crashed into the left rear trailer of the Freightliner. The crash caused several bundles of wood tree stakes and was subsequently knocked onto the westbound lanes of Highway 152 and became a traffic hazard.

A driver of a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, who has been identified as Alcantara by friends was westbound on Highway 152, within the number one lane, approaching the original crash and debris on the roadway.

Investigators say the driver of the Mitsubishi Outlander crashed into the bundles of wood tree stakes that were in the roadway, which caused the vehicle to lose control.

The GoFundMe says that Alcantara was a father of two kids, and commuted two hours every Monday through Friday.

Friends say Alcantara was a wonderful partner to his high school sweetheart, a son, a brother, a colleague, and a friend to many. It also states that anyone who crossed paths with Alcantara could see how passionate and devoted he was to his family. It also mentions that he proudly shared stories and pictures documenting his children’s milestones and everyday life.

The GoFundMe was created by his colleagues to help his family cover the cost of living. It states that Alcantara was the sole provider of his family and worked incredibly hard to ensure that his daughter, who has frequent costly medical needs, got the care she needed.

CHP has yet to identify Alcantara as the driver of the Mitushibi.

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