Two vehicle crashes east of Selma on Sunday night left one person dead and five with major to minor injuries. One of the injured was arrested on a DUI charge, the California Highway Patrol said.
The person killed was a passenger in a red four-door car that was heading south on Mendocino Avenue about 8 p.m. when it was broadsided by a large SUV heading east on Nebraska Avenue, CHP Sgt. Mike Trenholm said. The force of the collision caused both vehicles to overturn into an orchard.
The passenger was declared dead, while the driver was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno and treated for minor injuries, Trenholm said. The driver in the SUV suffered moderate injuries and also was taken to CRMC.
The dead woman was identified late Monday as Sandra Naranjo, 48, of Sanger.
Officers found large quantities of marijuana and narcotics in the SUV along with a handgun with a high-capacity magazine, Trenholm said. The driver was arrested on charges of felony driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.
The intersection of Mendocino and Nebraska avenues remained closed for hours, Trenholm said.
In another collision, big rig traveling south on Academy Avenue about 8:04 p.m. failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by a white Chevrolet Silverado traveling west on Rose Avenue with four occupants, Trenholm said.
The big rig driver was uninjured, while the occupants in the Silverado suffered moderate to major injuries, Trenholm said. Three of the occupants were taken by ambulance to CRMC, while another was airlifted. Alcohol or drugs were ruled out as a cause of the collision.