1 killed in solo vehicle rollover along Hwy 198 in west Fresno County hills, DUI suspected: CHP

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FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — A passenger was killed Saturday afternoon in a drunk driving-related solo vehicle rollover crash along Highway 198 in the westside hills of Fresno County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported around 4:10 p.m. on Highway 198 near the Parkfield Grade, just west of Coalinga, Sgt. Hugo Solorio said. A silver Toyota Corolla, driven by Francisco Munoz, 28, of Los Angeles, was heading east on Highway 198, when he lost control of the car and spun onto a dirt embankment.

The Corolla collided with the embankment, overturned, and came to a stop on its wheels on the embankment.

The right-front passenger suffered major injuries and was taken to an area hospital but was declared dead while en route, Solorio said. The driver was contacted by officers on scene and suffered moderate injuries.

Alcohol and or drugs are suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Solorio said Munoz was arrested and booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.

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July 23 2021 05:30 pm

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