SUV pas­sen­ger killed, four oth­ers injured in rollover crash

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY ANTHONY GALAVIZ [email protected]­ Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, agalav­iz_TheBee

A pas­sen­ger was killed and the driver and three oth­ers were injured Fri­day when their SUV slammed into a big rig near Ker­man, the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol re­ported.

All five peo­ple in the 2006 Dodge Du­rango were from Madera, the CHP said. The dead pas­sen­ger’s name was not re­leased pend­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tion of fam­ily, and that per­son’s age and gen­der were not spec­i­fied.

The driver was iden­ti­fied as Lorenzo Martin. Oth­ers in the SUV were Eric Flores, Mi­la­gros Flores and Ro­man Flores. No ages were given by the CHP.

Every­one was wear­ing a seat­belt, the CHP said.

CHP spokesman Vic­tor Tay­lor said the SUV was north­bound on High­way 145 south of Flo­ral Av­enue at an un­known rate of speed just af­ter 1:45 p.m. when it drifted into the south­bound lane for an un­known rea­son.

The driver of the on­com­ing trac­tor-trailer tank truck rig, iden­ti­fied by the CHP as 33-year-old Saul Seaens Lopez of Ker­man, tried to avoid the col­li­sion by turn­ing into the north­bound lane in an at­tempt to drive around the SUV. But the SUV hit the tanker near the right rear caus­ing the SUV to over­turn mul­ti­ple times.

The Du­rango pas­sen­ger died at the scene. The oth­ers were taken to Com­mu­nity Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Driver Martin and Eric Flores were be­ing treated for ma­jor in­juries; Mi­la­gres Flores and Ro­man Flores suf­fered mod­er­ate in­juries, the CHP said. Lopez didn’t re­port any in­juries.

The CHP said the col­li­sion is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and it was not im­me­di­ately known if al­co­hol or drugs were in­volved.

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