Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer and the family of three women killed when they were involved in a collision with a man who was driving under the influence dedicated a new Mothers Against Drunk Driving DUI trailer to the memory of the victims on Friday.
Jennie Monreal, Josie Contreras and Dolores Rodriguez died in the Jan. 25, 2014 crash near McCall and Belmont avenues east of Fresno when a vehicle driven by Tranquilino Figueroa crashed head-on into their car. A fourth sister, Elizabeth Rodriguez, survived the collision and was present at Friday’s event. Figueroa had two previous DUI convictions and was sentenced to life in prison.
The trailer, which carries the car involved in the collision, is used as an educational tool to bring awareness to the crime of driving under the influence.
“Twenty-eight people will die today, and every day, at the hands of a DUI driver,” Dyer said.
The chief noted that fatal DUI collisions have been cut by 40 percent in the city but that there still have been 12 fatalities and 320 collisions involving drunken drivers this year.
Anthony Monreal said his family came to the event “with a very heavy heart,” and said he was “stunned and speechless” when he first saw the trailer. He said the family continues to feel heartbroken daily in the aftermath of the crash.