Rafael Castaneda has been identified by authorities as the victim in a collision that occurred on August 22 in Madera. Mr. Castaneda, a 27-year-old local resident, was driving a late 20th century Honda Civic southward on Tozer Street at about 7:00 a.m. Meanwhile,  Mario Santos Perez, 21-years-old and also Madera resident, was driving a Dodge Ram  pickup truck heading north. Police allege that Mr. Perez was driving at a high-rate of speed. The two vehicles crashed head-on into each. Mr. Castenada tragically died at the scene while Mr. Perez was reportedly uninjured. Police are alleging that distracted driving played a major role in the crash as well as speed. Moreover, the man has multiple DUI arrests in his past as well as a drug charge. He has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and with violating his probation. The case remains under investigation.

We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of the victim during this very difficult time.

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