Driver in deadly wrong-way collision was involved in previous fatal wreck


Monday’s deadly crash which killed Cameron Pryor and off-duty Fresno police officer Phia Vang was not Pryor’s first fatal wreck. 

The California Highway Patrol confirmed his vehicle was involved in a crash killing a motorcyclist in September. 

The crash happened at Jensen and DeWolf, where a memorial is still set up for 29-year-old Candelario Robles. His wife, Kristina Sanchez, said she fell apart when she heard Pryor was involved in another fatal crash. 

“I broke down in tears. I couldn’t hold it together,” Sanchez said Tuesday. “Every fourth of the month I cry, and cry, and I wonder if that goes through (Pryor’s) head how it does mine,” she said. 

Video taken September 4 shows the day her husband was killed. His motorcycle collided with a car driven by Pryor. 

The CHP confirmed it was the same man seen driving erratically Monday moments before crashing head on into another truck, killing himself along with Vang.

A procession brought Vang to a Selma funeral home Tuesday.

“Hopefully you’re looking from above and you’re proud of me,” Vang’s son Corey said. 

Sanchez said the wounds are now reopened. “All this just brought everything back up,” she said. 

According to the CHP report from last year Robles was heading westbound on Jensen, and Pryor was driving south on DeWolf. 

“(Pryor) failed to yield to the right of way to (Robles) and proceeded into the intersection directly in the path of (Robles).” The report goes on to say, “It was determined (Pryor) caused this collision.” 

Pryor was not charged with a crime. 

Sanchez said these events are tragic for every family involved, and just wishes the couples three little girls could grow up with their dad. 

“He was a great person, had a great heart, a great dad and he will be missed,” Sanchez said. 

Investigators are performing toxicology tests on Pryor. It’s still not known if drugs or alcohol were a factor in Monday’s crash. He has one previous DUI conviction. 

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July 23 2021 05:30 pm

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