Fatal car accident: An Anglican priest and his wife were killed Tuesday afternoon when their car crashed into a big-rig after being struck by another car that ran a red light on Highway 156 in Hollister.
• The driver of a Nissan Altima ran a red light at the intersection with a busy rural highway.
• The Altima crashed into a Mercury Sable on the highway, pushing it underneath a big-rig.
• The driver of the Sable, a local priest, died at the scene. His wife died from her injuries shortly thereafter. The Altima driver was airlifted to a hospital with major injuries.
California Highway Patrol Officer Dakota Smith said 24-year-old Rudy Lopez of Morgan Hill was driving a Nissan Altima southbound on San Felipe Road when he approached the intersection with Highway 156.
The impact pushed the Mercury underneath a westbound big-rig, driven by Rosario Medina, 42, of Salinas. Lopez’s car hit a power pole and tumbled down an embankment.
The driver of the Mercury Sable, 60-year-old Reverend Wolfgang Krismanits of Sonora, died at the scene. Known to his followers as “Father Wolf,” Krismanits was an Anglican priest at the historic Red Church in Sonora.
His wife, 51-year-old Ladonn Ann Krismanits, was severely injured. She was transported to Hazel Hawkins Hospital in Hollister, where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.
Lopez was airlifted via helicopter to San Jose Regional Medical Center with major injuries. The big-rig driver was not hurt.
The CHP said the weather conditions were warm and clear at the time of the accident.
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