A 42-year-old man was in very critical condition after a Wednesday morning crash at Clinton and Maroa avenues in central Fresno, police say, and the woman suspected of causing the crash is in custody and being investigated on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The crash occurred about 10:45 a.m. Police say the man was northbound on Maroa crossing Clinton in a GMC pickup when Ramona Alvarez, 46, in a Nissan Altima, ran a red light while eastbound on Clinton and broadsided the pickup. Witnesses told officers that Alvarez was driving erratically before the collision.
The man was rushed into surgery at Community Regional Medical Center.
Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez said investigators believed Alvarez was under the influence of drugs. Her blood was taken for evidence, and she was booked on charges of felony DUI causing great bodily injury.
Alvarez will also face an enhancement to the charges, Gomez said, because she’s been previously convicted of DUI. Her license is suspended due to that conviction.
Alvarez will face a murder charge if the victim dies, Gomez said, because of her previous conviction. If someone with a DUI conviction is involved in a fatal DUI crash, the charge is automatically murder, he added.