DA charges Fresno man with murder in DUI collision

A 35-year-old man in Fresno faces a murder charge from the District Attorney’s office after a fatal traffic accident

Mid Valley Times Staff
Published January 23, 2024  • 
5:00 pm

FRESNO – A Fresno man previously convicted of two driving under the influence (DUI) charges is now facing additional DUI charges along with one count of murder. 

The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office announced on Jan. 16 that it would be pressing charges against Ryan Matthew Wayne Trevino, 35, for his role in a fatal traffic accident on Jan. 13. According to the DA’s office, Trevino was driving southbound on Millerton Road near Marina Drive in Friant when he drove into the oncoming lane of traffic and crashed into a vehicle driven by John Tarter, 78, of Fresno. 

“Following an investigation conducted by the California Highway Patrol and toxicology testing it revealed that Trevino was driving under the combined influence of alcohol and marijuana at the time of the crash,” the DA’s office said. 

The office has filed a felony complaint in the Fresno Superior Court alleging one count of murder, one count of driving under the combined influence of alcohol and a drug causing great bodily injury to a person over 70 and one count of driving with a blood alcohol concentration over 0.08%. 

The press release said Trevino was previously convicted of DUI offenses in 2007 and 2019, and is also facing charges for another DUI case from October 2023. 

Trevino could face a sentence of 15 years to life in prison if convicted of the three charges and allegations filed in this case. 

The Alcohol and Drug Impaired Driver Vertical Prosecution Program is prosecuting the case.

Mid Valley Times Staff