Fresno man sentenced for fatal crash into taco truck

Rolando Enrique Alvarenga-Aguilar receives 15 year-to-life sentence for death of Sabas Ruiz-Galvez; Fresno-native found guilty of murder, DUI causing injury and hit-and-run

By Mid Valley Times Staff
Published June 15, 2024  • 
10:00 am
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FRESNO – This past Wednesday, June 12, Rolando Enrique Alvarenga-Aguilar, 48, of Fresno, was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison for the crimes of murder, driving under the influence causing injury and hit and run for his role as the driver in a fatal crash on Oct. 9, 2021. 

The crash claimed the life of Sabas Ruiz-Galavez, 60, and injured another individual. Alvarenga-Aguilar’s sentence was handed down by Judge Geoffrey D. Wilson of the Fresno County Superior Court after he pled no contest to the charges last month. 

On Oct. 9, 2021, Alvarenga-Aguilar was driving his van in a parking lot at the intersection of Maple and Belmont in Fresno. While approaching a taco truck in his van, Alvarenga-Aguilar suddenly accelerated his vehicle, striking one person seated at a table and pinning Ruiz-Galavez between Alvarenga-Aguilar’s van and the taco truck. Alvarenga-Aguilar then ran away, leaving the victims at the scene and fleeing to a nearby neighborhood where he was later found by officers of the Fresno Police Department. 

During the investigation, it was determined that Alvarenga-Aguilar had a blood alcohol concentration of .20 percent, which is two-and-a-half times the legal limit for operating a vehicle. After the crash, Ruiz-Galavez was admitted to the hospital where succumbed to his injuries on Oct. 18, 2021.

Alvarenga-Aguilar has a criminal history that includes convictions for theft, domestic violence and two prior convictions for driving under the influence in 2018 and 2019. Alvarenga-Aguilar was still on probation for the 2019 DUI conviction at the time of his fatal crash.

The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office thanks the Fresno Police Department for its investigative work and dedication to the case. This case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Steven Ueltzen, with assistance from Senior District Attorney Investigator Ronnie Sims. The case was prosecuted as a part of the Alcohol and Drug Impaired Driver Vertical Prosecution Program. Funding for that program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Mid Valley Times Staff