Trucker High on Weed Runs Stop Sign Killing Young Woman, Police Say
Fresno County, CA – A truck driver is facing serious charges after police say he was high when he ran a stop sign and plowed into a passenger vehicle killing its 19-year-old driver on Friday.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the fatal crash occurred at approximately 7:10 p.m. on Friday just outside Selma, at the intersection of Mountain View and Clovis avenues.
Truck driver Andre Hill Jr., 31, of Baltimore, MD, was operating a tractor-trailer northbound on Clovis Avenue as Olivia Mendoza, 19, of Fresno, CA, was driving a Honda Civic westbound on Mountain View.
CHP investigators say Hill failed to stop at a stop sign as Mendoza was driving through the intersection.
The big rig, which was hauling produce, then slammed into Mendoza’s Civic, CHP says.
Mendoza sadly perished in the crash.
Hill continued northbound and then collided head-on with another tractor-trailer.
Neither Hill nor the driver of the second big rig suffered serious injuries, CHP reports.
Following the second crash, CHP says Hill was unable to walk a straight line and failed a field sobriety test.
CHP officers believe he was high from smoking marijuana.
Hill was subsequently charged with DUI, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
He was booked into Fresno County Jail and his total bail is set at $98,500.
Photo courtesy of Fresno County Sheriff