Fresno sees deadly 24 hours with five vehicle-related deaths

48 deaths year-to-date, compared to 33 total deaths in 2016, FPD says

FRESNO, Calif. - Two motorcyclists, two people delivering newspapers and a bicyclist are all dead, after a deadly 24 hours in Fresno. 

Saturday afternoon, the Fresno Police Department released the identities of all those victims, and in two cases, the identities of suspects. 

The first incident happened Friday just before 4 p.m., near Tulare and Willow avenues. Police say an SUV and motorcycle collided, both people on the motorcycle died on scene. 

The department has identified those victims as driver Rufugio Cedillo, 45 years old, and Tanya Shaw, 42 years old. 

Officials say the SUV's driver was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but say toxicology reports for the victims are pending. 

The second incident happened Saturday before 3 a.m. near Kings Canyon and Apricot avenues. 

Police say 53-year-old Daniel Mendez and his wife, 43-year-old Ramona Mendez, were delivering newspapers when their vehicle was rear-ended at a high-rate of speed. 

The couple died at the scene, according to officials. 

Police say the other driver, 25-year-old Michael Robert Merritt-Hutchins had to be extracted from his vehicle and will be charged with felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter. 

The third incident happened Saturday just after 3 a.m., at Weber and Princeton avenues in Central Fresno. 

Police say 58-year-old James Roby was riding his bike on Weber in the bike lane, when a car hit Roby from behind. 

Police say that car took off. 

Within minutes, officials stopped a car driving on its rim with no tire, near Ashlan and Blythe.

Police arrested 22-year-old Jose Hernandez, now charged with felony hit and run, felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter. 

Investigators say it will be several days before these individual investigations are complete. 

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