A 54-year-old man faces a murder charge after he was arrested Tuesday night in a drunken driving crash that killed a teen in Fresno, police reported Wednesday.
The driver was identified as Albert Isaac Fimbrez. He was also booked in Fresno County Jail on felony DUI and other charges. Fimbrez has multiple prior convictions for DUI, which led to the booking on the murder charge, said Lt. Mike Brogdon of the department’s Traffic Safety Bureau.
It was an especially deadly night Tuesday on the streets of Fresno — the first time in records going back to 2000 that three pedestrians have been killed in one night in the city.
Fimbrez is accusted of killing 16-year-old Dayvon Fletcher McCoy, a Central High School - East Campus student, near West Shields and North Valentine avenues and injuring his 14-year-old friend.
The collision took place just after 6 p.m. as the boys were walking north on the side of Valentine, just south of Shields, when Fibrez, in a Ford pickup, struck the pair, police said. He stopped, backed up and waited for officers to arrive. McCoy was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center, where he died. The 14-year-old was treated at the scene.
Brogdon said Fimbrez, who also sustained injuries in the crash, was driving with a suspended and revoked license after his previous convictions. He added that those circumstances made the murder booking automatic.
“He shouldn’t even be on the road and he shouldn’t have any alcohol in his system,” the lieutenant said.
The second crash involving a pedestrian took place on North Maple Avenue just north of East Olive Avenue, where a man was pushing a shopping cart north in or near the bicycle lane. The driver of a Nissan pickup did not see the pedestrian, and the victim sustained major injuries that led his death. The pickup driver was determined to not have in alcohol in his system, but submitted to a blood test to check for drugs.
The victim was identified Wednesday by the Fresno County Coroner’s Office as Steven Rodriguez Sr., 61, of Fresno.
The third collision happened at 9:30 p.m. on North Blackstone Avenue, just north of East Ashlan Avenue, where a 26-year-old woman at the wheel of a Ford pickup ran over a 38-year-old woman lying in the center lane of Blackstone.
It happened shortly after the driver pulled out of a nearby motel, and turned right onto Blackstone. Brogdon said that a short time before, the pedestrian had gone into a nearby convenience store and then walked into traffic on Blackstone, attempting to flag down cars. Her friend pulled her off the street. After 10 or 15 minutes laying on the sidewalk, she crawled into the roadway, where she was fatally struck by the pickup.
Brogdon said the pickup driver stopped after running over an object, and was told by a bystander that she had struck the woman. The driver tested negative for alcohol, and also submitted to a hospital blood test. The victim was identified Wednesday as Crystal Oaxaca, 38, of Fresno.
The three traffic fatalities overnight put the city’s total for the year at 40. Eighteen of the deaths were pedestrians, and 11 of the 18 were transients or homeless, Brogdon said. At this time in 2018, there were 24 pedestrian fatalities.
“There is a lot of pedestrian traffic (in Fresno); people tend to walk in the street,” Brogdon said.
“Stay off the cell phone. Pay attention. Things like this can happen.”