A Jan. 26 rollover crash just west of the Manning Avenue Bridge involving a pickup truck claimed the life of a Parlier man.
The accident occurred shortly before 2 a.m. on the north side of Manning Avenue just west of Kings River Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. The Fresno County Sheriff’s coroner’s office identified the driver as 31-year-old Adrian Ayard.
The CHP report said that the 1989 Chevrolet truck driven by Ayard was traveling west at an unknown rate of speed in the No. 2 lane of Manning just west of Kings River Road. For an unknown reason, the truck veered to the right and careened across the north paved shoulder of the road and down a descending dirt embankment.
The cab of the vehicle struck a large tree, resulting in fatal injuries to Ayard. Units from Reedley Fire, Cal Fire and Fresno County Fire responded to the scene. Two officers from the Reedley Police Department also responded.
Fire units along with paramedics from Sequoia Safety Council arrived on scene and found the truck about 10 to 15 feet down the embankment. Ayard was pronounced dead at the scene.
The CHP said the case remained under investigation as of Jan. 29. It’s unknown if alcohol or drugs played a factor in the crash.