19-year-old killed in alleged Highway 99 DUI crash north of Madera

The Fresno BeeApril 16, 2014 

A 19-year-old Fresno man was killed Tuesday after the van he was riding in crashed north of Madera. The driver, 45-year-old Alejandro Tellez of Fresno, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the California Highway Patrol said.

The single-vehicle crash happened about 2:40 p.m. on southbound Highway 99, south of Fairmead near the Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County.

Tellez veered to the left, causing the 1997 Chevrolet van to enter the center divider and overturn several times before coming to a rest partially in the fast lane of northbound Highway 99.

The 19-year-old, who has not been named pending notification of his family, was transported to Community Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Tellez was also taken to the hospital with major injuries, the CHP said.

Two other passengers in the van had moderate injuries from the crash: Jose Malaga, 29, and Israel Gonzalez, 33. Two other passengers were not injured: Eric Alvarez, 18, and Saul Jimenez, 42. All are from Fresno.

Tellez was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated, the CHP said.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6386, cgeorge@fresnobee.com or @CarmenGeorge on Twitter.

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