Fresno County coroner IDs woman killed in SUV vs big rig crash

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FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – The Fresno County coroner’s office identified the female passenger that was killed after an SUV with a toddler in the backseat, crashed into a parked big rig along a southeast Fresno street Saturday morning, Fresno police say.

The female victim was identified as Mina Serrano, 22, of Fresno.

A white Trailblazer was traveling near the area of 4450 E. Belmont Ave., between Cedar and Maple avenues, at around 11:10 a.m. when the driver, a 34-year-old man, sideswiped a green vehicle and hit a palate before careening into a parked big rig that was being unloaded by workers at a nearby store, Lt. Charlie Chamalbide said. Workers immediately used their forklift to try to get passengers out of the car.

Firefighters respond to a major collision involving a SUV and a big rig near along Belmont Avenue in southeast Fresno on Saturday, August 17

They were able to rescue the driver, a 34-year-old man, but they weren’t able to get to the passenger, a 22-year-old woman, Chamalbide said. She was declared dead at the scene. The driver was taken to Community Medical Center for treatment and is in stable condition.

A two-year-old child was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash and was taken to the hospital as a precaution, Chamalbide said. The child was in a safety seat during the crash.

Police have blocked Belmont Avenue, between Rowell and Barton avenues, as the investigation into the crash continues. Chamalbide said that there was some type of disturbance before the crash.

Fresno Police released the identification of the male driver hours after the crash. He is Joshua Parker, 34.

He’s at Fresno County Jail and is facing three felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury or death and child endangerment.

His bail is set at $113,800.

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