67 Year-Old Man Dies in a Crash on Friant in Fresno


(KMJ)  – A 67 year-old Fresno man has died in a crash on Friant north of Willow.

On September 7, 2021, at approximately 0030 hours, the Fresno Area CHP Communication Center received a call of a car fire near the area of Friant Road north of Willow Avenue in rural Fresno County.

Officers and medical emergency personnel responded to the scene.

The California Highway Patrol said Marcelino Rodriguez of Fresno was driving a Chevrolet pickup northbound Friant Road north of Willow Avenue.

For an unknown reason the driver allowed the Chevrolet to travel to the right, off the paved roadway.

The Chevrolet ran off the west road edge subsequently collided with a barbed wire fence and dirt embankment which caused the Chevrolet to roll-over multiple times.

The Chevrolet came to rest on its roof within the dirt/grass field.

As a result of the collision, the vehicle became engulfed in flames and the driver sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

It is unknown if the driver was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.

Alcohol does appear to be a factor in this collision.

The investigation is ongoing.