A Riverdale man is facing a murder charge in Fresno County Superior Court after a fatal DUI crash late Tuesday night just three days after he was arrested for another DUI.
On Friday, Hector Jose Torres, 26, of Riverdale, was in Fresno County Superior Court where a DUI count was upgraded to a murder charge following a Tuesday night collision that killed a 79-year-old Selma man.
The crash occurred along Highway 43 north of Conejo Avenue just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Torres was parked on the east shoulder when he drove onto the roadway without yielding to oncoming traffic, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Hector Jose Torres was arrested for a DUI on June 3. On June 6, he was arrested after a DUI crash that killed a man on Highway 43.
As Torres entered the roadway, he pulled across the northbound lane directly into the path of Faqir Singh, who was driving a 2008 Honda north on Highway 43. The front end of the Honda struck the driver’s side of the Chevrolet driven by Torres.
Torres had major injuries and was taken to Community Regional Medical Center. Singh was taken to Adventist Medical Center in Selma, where he later died.
Torres was determined to be driving under the influence at the time of the crash, the CHP report said.
Court records show that Torres had been in a multiple offender DUI program in 2011, according to court records. No details of his June 3 DUI were immediately available.
Torres was booked into Fresno County Jail on Friday. His bail is $1,021,000, according to Fresno County Jail records.