Law enforcement arrested a 35-year-old Visalia man on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter after a two-vehicle crash on Feb. 23 killed an 8-year-old Selma boy and injured his parents.
Karmjit Singh was booked into the Fresno County Jail on six felony counts— including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated — on Feb. 24 for his role in the crash shortly after 10 p.m. at the intersection of Bethel and Rose avenues between Selma and Parlier. The crash killed 8-year-old Maverick Martzen and injured his parents, 33-year-old Scott Martzen and 29-year-old Megan Martzen.
The California Highway Patrol reported that Singh was driving a 2012 BMW north on Bethel Avenue at what witnesses said were speeds near 100 mph. He sped into the intersection — which has posted and lit stop signs for traffic on Bethel — and struck the passenger side of a 2014 Kia driven by Scott Martzen.
The BMW left the roadway and came to rest on its wheels in an irrigation canal that contained no water, the CHP reported. The driver’s side of the Kia struck a tree approximately 20 inches in diameter and the vehicle came to rest on its wheels.
The Martzens were transported to Adventist Medical Center in Selma, where Maverick Martzen was pronounced dead. Scott Martzen suffered major injuries while Megan Martzen suffered moderate injuries.
Singh was transported to Community Regional Medical Center with minor injuries and later was booked into jail, according to the CHP. His bail was set at more than $200,000, and according to booking records Singh has an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer.