Crime

Fatal crash near Biola being investigated as felony DUI, murder

A 15-year-old boy is dead and three others are seriously injured after a head-on crash near Biola on Wednesday night that apparentley involved a drunken driver, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Dave Salcido said.
A 15-year-old boy is dead and three others are seriously injured after a head-on crash near Biola on Wednesday night that apparentley involved a drunken driver, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Dave Salcido said. Fresno Bee file

UPDATE: The Fresno County coroner’s office Friday identified the person killed in Wednesday’s crash as Juan Carlos Diaz-Rodriguez, 29, of Biola. Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said the victim’s age was incorrectly reported Wednesday night and again Thursday as 15.

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A Biola man died and three others were seriously injured after a head-on crash caused by a repeat drunken driver in Biola on Wednesday, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Dave Salcido said.

Salcido said a 24-year-old man – identified in Fresno County Jail logs as Jose Manuel Andrade Blanco – was speeding westbound on Shaw Avenue east of Biola Avenue at 7:35 p.m.

He crossed into the path of a 2001 Toyota sedan driving east that was occupied by 29-year-old Juan Carlos Diaz-Rodriguez, a 40-year-old man, a 40-year-old woman, and a female juvenile passenger. Diaz-Rodriguez was killed in the head-on collision, the man and woman suffered major injuries, and the girl had moderate injuries. All were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Salcido said.

Andrade Blanco fled the accident and was apprehended in a nearby orchard, said Tony Botti, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office’s public information officer, who said deputies helped with the investigation.

Andrade Blanco suffered minor injuries and was taken to Community Regional, where he was treated and then arrested on suspicion of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony DUI causing death/injury and hit and run resulting in death/injury.

Andrade Blanco had been arrested for a non-injury DUI in 2015, Botti said, which resulted in the murder charge. His bail, according to the jail log, is more than $300,000.

Two people in a 2003 Ford Focus driving behind the Toyota and hit in the crash suffered minor injuries and were treated and released at the scene, Salcido said.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPan

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