Bicyclist Fatally Struck by DUI Driver on South Cherry Avenue near East North Avenue
FRESNO, CA (October 22, 2019) – A driver has been arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana after she fatally struck a bicyclist Tuesday just after 9:00 p.m. in Fresno County.
A 21-year-old Korina Machuca was driving on South Cherry Avenue near East North Avenue when she hit the bicyclist.
Machuca swerved, hitting a nearby fence and spinning out off the road. Officers say she works near the area, and was on her lunch break when the collision occurred.
The bicyclist, an older man wearing a dark clothing and may have also been homeless, died upon impact. His identity has not yet been released pending family notification.
Officers noticed the odor of marijuana in the vehicle. Machuca has the same odor and has signs of intoxication.
In addition to being under the influence, detectives say the suspect’s headlights may have not been properly working.
Machuca was arrested on DUI and vehicular manslaughter.
As for the property owner, he says he’s working with his insurance, but is looking at around $7,000 in damages.
Further investigation of this crash is underway.
During this mournful time, we would like to send our well-wishes and sincere sympathies to the grieving family and friends of the victim.
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