Update: The man suspected of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed three elderly sisters northwest of Sanger has been identified as Tranquilino R. Figueroa, 56, of Sanger, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday.
The three women who were killed were all in their 70s and were from Sanger, Del Rey and San Jose. They were identified Sunday as Jennie Monreal, 73, of Sanger, Josephine Contreras, 72, of San Jose, and Delores Rodriguez, 70, of Del Rey, the Fresno County Coroner's Office said.
The driver of the car they were riding in survived with moderate injuries. She was identified Sunday as a fourth sister, Elizabeth Rodriguez, 67, of Del Rey. Rodriguez was driving a Toyota Yaris and was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where she was in fair condition Sunday morning, hospital spokeswoman Mary Lisa Russell said.
Saturday: Three women were killed Saturday evening northwest of Sanger in a head-on collision with a suspected drunk driver, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Officer Sean Haller said the suspect was driving a Chevy Venture van west on Belmont Avenue about 6:30 p.m. and failed to stop at the stop sign at McCall Avenue. He made too-wide a turn onto northbound McCall and clipped a gold minivan that was southbound. The suspect, who continued northbound on McCall, then struck a southbound Toyota Yaris head-on, Haller said.
Four women were in the compact car, and three were killed, Haller said.
No names or other information have been released about the suspect or the four women. The suspect has been arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter, Haller said.
The woman who was not killed was taken to Community Regional Medical Center. Her condition was not known.
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