A 30-year old Parlier man was killed and four Reedley men were injured – one of them paralyzed with a broken neck – when an alleged drunk driver ran a stop sign, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The incident occurred at about 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Englehart and Dinuba avenues, east of Reedley.
Dead is Javier Hernandez, who was a passenger in a GMC Sierra traveling north on Englehart Avenue.
Rene Resendez, 24, of Parlier, was driving the Sierra, and he allegedly failed to stop at the stop sign at Dinuba Avenue due to his “high level of intoxication,” the CHP said.
The Sierra hit the left side of a Nissan Altima driven by 23-year-old Omar Torres-Lopez of Reedley. The Altima was traveling west on Dinuba.
After the collision, the Sierra overturned and came to rest in a vacant building. Hernandez, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and suffered fatal injuries, the CHP said.
The Reedley Fire Department pronounced him dead at the scene.
Resendez was arrested, the CHP said. He suffered moderate facial lacerations.
Victor Ordunez, 22, suffered the broken neck.
Torres-Lopez, the driver of the Altima, suffered major head lacerations.
Samuel Banda, 20, and Alfredo Murrio, 16, both of Reedley, also were passengers in the Altima. Murrio suffered lacerations and internal injuries classified as moderate, the CHP said. Banda’s injuries were minor.
The four men in the Altima were wearing seat belts, the CHP said.