FRESNO COUNTY – An accident has occurred on Manning Avenue after a driver accidentally clipped another car while trying to pass it and, due to the impact, lost control and hit another car in the opposing lane.
On Jan. 31 at roughly 4:55 a.m., the Fresno Area California Highway Patrol (CHP) Communication Center received a call of a two-vehicle crash on Manning Avenue east of Riverbend Avenue. Officers from the CHP and medical emergency personnel responded to the scene.
Preliminary investigation indicates a 25-year-old male of Reedley was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee westbound on Manning Avenue at a high rate of speed in the number one (left) lane, approaching a Honda Civic directly in front of him. The Civic was driven by a 24-year-old male of Selma. At the same time, an unidentified adult male was driving a Honda Accord eastbound on Manning Avenue in the number two (right) lane.
As the Jeep approached the slower Honda Civic, it moved to the right and entered the number two lane in an attempt to pass. As the Jeep passed the Civic, the driver quickly moved back to the left in an attempt to reenter the number one lane. As the driver steered left, the left rear of the Jeep struck the right front side of the Honda.
The Jeep immediately lost control while overturning through the center divider. The Jeep entered the eastbound lanes and struck the approaching Honda Accord, inflicting major damage to both vehicles.
The driver of the Honda Accord was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained fatal injuries at the scene. The driver of the Jeep sustained moderate to major injuries as the Jeep began to catch fire. The Jeep’s driver was able to crawl out from the wreckage and was pulled to safety by the driver of the Honda Civic.
The driver of the Honda Civic was not injured. The use of alcohol and/or drugs are not believed to be a factor in this collision pending toxicology results. As of report, the investigation is ongoing.