Woman calls fam­ily, dies mo­ments later in crash with big rig

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY CRESENCIO RO­DRIGUEZ-DEL­GADO cdel­[email protected]­nobee.com

A woman died Saturday morn­ing after the SUV she was in smashed into a big rig in south­east Fresno, mo­ments after she called her fam­ily to re­port a dis­tur­bance inside the ve­hi­cle.

De­tails about what led to the fatal crash are not yet clear, but po­lice said there was pos­si­bly a dis­tur­bance inside the SUV be­tween the 22-year-old woman and the 34-yearold driver iden­ti­fied as Joshua Parker.

Parker was ar­rested and booked into Fresno County Jail, where he’s fac­ing charges of felony ve­hic­u­lar man­slaugh­ter, felony DUI and felony child en­dan­ger­ment.

Lt. Char­lie Chamal­bide could not say how Parker and the woman were re­lated or to whom a 2year-old child in the back seat be­longed. But, he said, fam­ily mem­bers of the woman told of­fi­cers about her phone call mo­ments be­fore the crash.

“She had called them prior to the ac­ci­dent say­ing they were hav­ing some prob­lems,” Chamal­bide said.

Chamal­bide said po­lice are look­ing into whether the case in­volved do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

The crash hap­pened around 11:10 a.m. on Bel­mont Av­enue be­tween Cedar and Bar­ton av­enues.

Chamal­bide said that be­fore crash­ing into the big rig, the SUV sideswiped a parked car and sev­eral pal­lets of mer­chan­dise that had just been un­loaded off the big rig for de­liv­ery to a nearby store.

The woman died at the scene. Parker was taken to Com­mu­nity Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter with in­juries.

The 2-year-old child who was in the back seat of the car was taken to the hos­pi­tal as a pre­cau­tion. Chamal­bide said the child did not ap­pear hurt from the crash.

The name of the woman was not re­leased.

LARRY VALEN­ZUELA lvalen­[email protected]­nobee.com

A 22-year-old woman was killed Saturday in a crash on Bel­mont Av­enue. Po­lice re­ported a pos­si­ble dis­tur­bance inside the SUV she was in be­fore it crashed.

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