Driver in fatal Fresno pedestrian crash arrested for meth use

Fresno police arrested the driver in Thursday night’s fatal pedestrian crash in central Fresno after an investigation found he was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine and never tried to brake his vehicle.

Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez said the crash happened about 7:30 p.m. when a 62-year-old man was crossing Cedar Avenue between Dayton and Shields avenues outside of the crosswalk. Witnesses told police the victim, who has not been identified, was walking very slowly across the road and had made his way mostly across the roadway when the accident happened.

The suspect, identified as Edward Grijalva, 57, was driving over the 40 mph speed limit while northbound on Cedar, Gomez said.

The victim died immediately from his injuries, Gomez said. Police at the scene Thursday said Grijalva was cooperative with authorities. While the victim was not supposed to be crossing the road through the medians, Gomez said, Grijalva was at fault since the pedestrian had occupied the roadway for a substantial period of time.

Grijalva was booked into Fresno County Jail on a felony DUI, drugs and manslaughter charges.

This was the year’s sixth fatal collision and seventh fatality in Fresno, compared to seven fatal collisions and seven fatalities at this time last year.