42-year-old driver killed after crashing into Merced canal

Officers found the car partially submerged in water, and pulled Sabian Martinez out of the car.

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Monday, November 29, 2021
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Merced police detectives say 42-year-old Sabian Martinez overturned his vehicle, then went straight down North Bear Creek.

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) -- Merced police have identified a driver who lost control behind the wheel and died when crashing into a canal.

It happened just before 9:30 on Saturday night on North Bear Creek drive near Pira Drive.

Detectives say 42-year-old Sabian Martinez overturned his vehicle, then went straight down the nearby creek.

Officers found the car partially submerged in water, and pulled Martinez out of the car.

First responders tried to save his life, but he died at the scene.

Merced police are still figuring out what caused Martinez to crash into the creek.