Thursday, Jan. 03, 2013
Cause sought for deadly crash on 152
By Corey Pride / Cpride@losbanosenterprise.com
The cause of a fatal accident Sunday on Highway 152 remains under investigation.
Officer Matt Pinheiro said the woman responsible for the wreck was taken to the hospital immediately and, to his knowledge, the California Highway Patrol has not been able to speak with her.
"I talked to the investigating officer and he said he didn't believe it was texting because no (device) was found," Pinheiro said. "In cases like this, it's usually one of three things: the person was drunk, fell asleep or was distracted."
Marva Tennyson, 58, of Indiana, was killed in a two-car collision Sunday at 10:45 a.m. on eastbound Highway 152 near Dinosaur Point.
Aptos resident Krista Brockman, 18, was driving a 2006 Volvo westbound on the highway at an unknown speed. No passengers were inside her car, Pinheiro said.
For unknown reasons, Brockman lost control of her car. The Volvo traveled across the median, into the eastbound lanes of the highway.
The Volvo crashed into a 2012 Toyota eastbound on the highway.
Inside the Toyota were 33-year-old driver McKinley Tennyson and his wife, Heaven Tennyson, 31, both of Los Angeles, Pinheiro said. Heaven Tennyson was in the front passenger seat.
Seated in the rear of the Toyota was the couple's son, 2-year-old Hezeki Tennyson, along with Marva Tennyson, McKinley Tennyson's mother.
Marva Tennyson sustained fatal injuries, according to the Merced County Coroner's Office. Heaven Tennyson and Brockman sustained major injuries and were flown to regional hospitals. Brockman remains at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. Pinheiro said she is unable to talk.
McKinley and Hezeki Tennyson both sustained minor injuries.
McKinley Tennyson is a former professional soccer player. He played for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2002 and the Portland Timbers in 2003, according to the website soccerdatabase.eu. He also is a former staffer in the Los Angeles mayor's office. He worked for the economic business team, but left the position more than a year ago.
Pinheiro said DUI is not a factor in the crash. The accident caused traffic to be stopped for two hours.
Sam Maxie, Marva Tennyson's brother, said the family was traveling back home after his sister showed her son where he was born in Monterey. He said the family is shaken by what happened.
"It feels like I'm living in a dream, I just don't understand. This hurt badder than when I lost my mom and dad cause it's so sudden," Maxie said in a phone interview.
Merced Sun-Star city editor Victor A. Patton contributed to this article.