Double fatality near Reedley highlights risks of DUI driving

A double fatality crash on Engleheart and Manning Avenue near Reedley highlights the risks of drinking and driving

By Derek Fleming
Published July 2, 2024  • 
12:00 pm
The Chevrolet Impala that ran the stop sign at Englehart Avenue and Manning Avenue. Two occupants of the Chevrolet were killed in the collision. (Danny Jimenez)
The Chevrolet Impala that ran the stop sign at Englehart Avenue and Manning Avenue. Two occupants of the Chevrolet were killed in the collision. (Danny Jimenez)

REEDLEY – Local police, fire and EMS recently responded to a two-vehicle collision on Manning Avenue east of Reedley, which is being investigated as alcohol related. 

Preliminary investigations into the accident on June 30 show that a Ford F150 pickup, occupied by three people from Orange Cove, was headed westbound when a Chevrolet Impala ran the stop sign at Englehart Avenue and Manning Avenue. The Ford impacted the driver’s side of the vehicle, killing two occupants in the Chevrolet. The three occupants of the Ford truck sustained minor injuries and were hospitalized.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is investigating the accident and said in an interview with the Mid Valley Times that this is an example of the risks of speeding and drinking and driving. In line with Independence Day holiday, the CHP will kick off the annual July 4 maximum enforcement of DUI-related stops on July 3 and will maintain enforcement through Sunday night.

During the Independence Day holiday for 2023, numbers from the CHP indicated that 68 people were killed in car crashes statewide, and that the CHP made 1,224 DUI-related arrests within a 102-hour timespan, according to a statement emailed from the CHP to the Mid Valley Times.

“Speeding isn’t just breaking the law – it’s putting lives at risk. Every additional mile per hour reduces a driver’s reaction time and increases the severity of a crash,” said CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee. “We’re asking the public to choose safety over speed to ensure everyone gets home safely.”

The CHP is asking the public to take advantage of ride-share services, designate a sober driver or don’t drive if drinking during the extended holiday weekend. They also ask that if someone sees a driver who appears to be impaired, call 9-1-1 as soon as possible and try to provide license plate number information, vehicle descriptions and direction of travel. 

The Fresno County Coroner’s Office has identified the deceased as Angel Reyes and Andres Riviera Jr.; Reyes was from Dinuba and Riviera was a Reedley resident. 

Derek Fleming