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Truck driver allegedly high on marijuana kills young Fresno woman, CHP say

Andre Hill Jr., 31, of Maryland, was the driver of the big rig that killed a young woman Friday night, after running a stop sign while driving under the influence of marijuana.
Andre Hill Jr., 31, of Maryland, was the driver of the big rig that killed a young woman Friday night, after running a stop sign while driving under the influence of marijuana. Fresno County Sheriff

A young Fresno woman died Friday night after a big rig driver allegedly ran a stop sign while under the influence of marijuana.

Andre Hill Jr., 31, of Maryland, identified as the big rig driver, was arrested and charged for DUI, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Salas said the crash killed Olivia Mendoza, 19, of Fresno.

Salas said the crash happened around 7:10 p.m. just outside Selma, at the intersection of Mountain View and Clovis avenues.

CHP says Hill was northbound on Clovis Avenue and did not stop at a stop sign before slamming into the young woman, who was driving a Honda Civic going westbound on Mountain View.

Hill’s big rig was carrying about 80,000 pounds of produce.

After hitting the Honda, Hill continued northward and later struck another big rig head-on, Salas said.

Hill was booked into Fresno County Jail and his total bail is set to $98,500. He and the other big rig driver did not suffer major injuries.

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Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado is a journalist at The Fresno Bee. He covers the people and places experiencing economic and social inequity for The California Divide media collaboration. He grew up in the southern San Joaquin Valley and has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Fresno State.
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