David Barajas Airlifted, Steven Mahoney Involved in Fatal Wrong-Way Crash on Highway 198 [Kings County, CA]

David Barajas Airlifted, Steven Mahoney Involved in Fatal Wrong-Way Crash on Highway 198 [Kings County, CA]

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David Barajas Airlifted, Steven Mahoney Involved in Fatal Wrong-Way Crash on Highway 198 [Kings County, CA]

24-Year-Old Man Pronounced Dead after Head-On Collision near 12th Avenue

KINGS COUNTY, CA (December 5, 2023) – Sunday, David Barajas and Steven Mahoney were involved in a fatal wrong-way crash on Highway 198.

Around 2:00 a.m., police responded to the scene on the eastbound lanes near 12th Avenue. 

For reasons under investigation, the driver of a Toyota Corolla was traveling the wrong way on the highway. The Toyota eventually collided with an eastbound Ford F-250, driven by Barajas.

Upon impact, the Toyota caught fire while the Ford overturned and landed on top of a Kia Soul, driven by 63-year-old Mahoney. 

Due to the extent of injuries sustained, medics pronounced the 24-year-old man driving the Corolla dead at the scene. 

Meanwhile, emergency personnel airlifted Barajas to a nearby hospital for further treatment. In addition, crews took two other passengers to a hospital via ambulance.

Moreover, paramedics also transported Mahoney and his passenger to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. At this time, Kings County Officials continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash. 


In this sorrowful time, the Sweet James team would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased man. May you find comfort and strength through the memories of your loved one.


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