Fresno woman accused of crashing while intoxicated, killing 55-year-old woman

Crime

Fresno Police have identified the suspect accused of taking officers on a pursuit than crashing into another car with a family inside, killing a woman. 

The crash happened just after 6:00 p.m. Wednesday on Princeton Avenue and Fresno Street. 

Police said Ruby Garcia, 28, was the driver who caused the two vehicle collision.

According to Fresno Police,  before the crash, they were trying to serve a search warrant at home located on the 2000 block of East Ashcroft for a suspect connected to an armed robbery at Varsity Liquor, that happened earlier this month. 

Jimmy Contreras, 33, who’s on probation for domestic violence was taken into custody but shortly after police spotted the vehicle connected in the robbery, they tried to pull it over but the driver, Ruby Garcia took off and started a pursuit with police. 

“She starts weaving in and out of traffic. She goes through a solid red light for southbound traffic at Fresno and Shields,” Fresno Police Deputy Chief Mike Reid said. 

Garcia driving recklessly, going 50 miles per hour and shortly after she T-Bones a vehicle with a family four inside. 

Angie De La Torre is still trying to comprehend what happened near her home after one of vehicles crashed through her fence. 

” It was just awful. Very Awful. Terrible that somebody died in just an accident. You know right here in front of my eyes,” De La Torre said. 

According to police, the family of four were just heading back home after having dinner, two adults and 6-year-old boy were taken to a local hospital.

“They could not even move out of the cars. They had to break the doors to get them out. Yeah, it was bad,” she said.  

The other passenger, Debbie Criado, 55, from Fresno was the pronounce dead.
“It breaks our heart this is something so unfortunate that is going to impact this family forever,” Reid said.  

Garcia was booked into the Fresno County jail on four felony charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, and driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs.  


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