According to an article reported by CBS47, the Clovis Police are investigating a suspected drunk driving crash that killed a man and a woman early Sunday morning. It happened at 2AM near the intersection of Minnewawa and Barstow.
Officers arrested Larry Garcia. The 29-year old from Clovis was allegedly drunk when his pickup collided with a car carrying two people.
According to the Fresno County Coroner, 34-year old Keith Smith of Clovis and 31-year old Jessica Matthes of Sacramento were the man and woman killed.
Investigators say the two were in a car going westbound on Barstow when it collided with a pickup that was headed north on Minnewawa. Smith, who was driving the car, died instantly. His passenger Matthes was taken to the hospital where she later died.
Police want this tragedy to serve as a reminder to take responsibility. With Christmas around the corner, more holiday parties are being held, which means you will face several opportunities to drink.
“We’re just encouraging people that if you have anything to drink think twice before getting behind the wheel. Call a friend, stay the night at a friend’s house, call a cab, do anything, but don’t get on the streets and drive,” said Kristina Hershberger of Clovis Police.
The suspected drunk driver, Larry Garcia, escaped with just minor injuries. He now faces two charges of vehicular manslaughter.
Investigators are still trying to piece this crash back together, so they have not definitively ruled who was at fault.
Court records indicate that Mr. Garcia posted bail and is currently out of custody. His arraignment should be set for later this month.
If you or a loved one has been impacted by this tragic incident, please feel free to contact our office today.