The Fresno Bee reports that a man suspected of DUI has been arrested in connection to a head-on collision last week that left a 67-year-old man and a 64-year-old man dead.
A spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said in a statement that the fatal, multi-car crash happened on Friday, November 4, at approximately 4:10 p.m. near Easton.
The suspect has been identified as 66-year-old Jamie Figueroa, driving a silver 2016 Hyundai Sonata, heading southbound on Elm Avenue, and approaching a four-way stop at the intersection of Elm and American Avenue.
CHP investigators believed that Figueroa suddenly swerved into oncoming traffic due to being under the influence of alcohol. Figueroa’s vehicle collided head-on with a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. To avoid the collision in front of them, the driver of a 2005 Honda Coupe swerved out of the way and ended up in a ditch along the road.
Paramedics responding to the scene rushed the two men inside the Pontiac to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, despite all life-saving measures by doctors and paramedics, both men died.
The driver of the Honda suffered only minor injuries in the crash.
Figueroa also suffered serious injuries in the crash and was also transported to the hospital.
The CHP is expected to arrest Figueroa on the charges of DUI and at least two counts of vehicular manslaughter as soon as he is released from the hospital.