A Kingsburg man is being charged with murder in a car crash that took the life of a young man and injured four people, the Kings County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.
About 5 a.m. Thursday, Victor Zavala, 28, stole a 2008 Corvette in Selma, the California Highway Patrol said.
The car was equipped with a tracking device and about 1:30 p.m., the CHP found him in Kings County and tried to pull him over – but he sped off and officers lost sight of him.
While heading east on Barstow Avenue, Zavala ran a stop sign at 6th Avenue and slammed into a 2012 GMC Terrain that was heading south, killing passenger James Edward Moreno, 21, of Kingsburg, the CHP said.
The GMC’s driver, Marissa Campos, 21, of Rancho Cordova, is in Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries and her 14-month-old son is in critical condition. Passenger Sophia Solis, 21, of Kingsburg, is in Kaweah Delta Medical Center with major injuries but her 1-month-old daughter was not injured.
A passenger in the Corvette, Olivia Flores, 34, is in critical condition at Community Regional. She was not wearing a seat belt, the CHP said.
Zavala was taken to Adventist Medical Center in Hanford for medical clearance and booked into the Kings County Jail.
In 2008, he was convicted in Fresno County of carjacking and two years ago was convicted of evading arrest.
In addition to the murder charge, Zavala is also charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while evading arrest; evading officers and causing great bodily injury; driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causing injury; possession of a stolen vehicle; auto theft and driving without a license.
Anyone with information should call the Hanford CHP at (559) 582-0231.