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Fresno, CA – Three Killed in Fatal Seven-Car Crash at McKinley & Cedar Aves

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Fresno, CA (March 22, 2021) – A Fresno intersection became the scene of a deadly multi-vehicle crash that took three lives on Saturday night, March 20. At around 11 p.m., police and paramedics were dispatched to the intersection of McKinley and Cedar Avenues for a report of a fatal collision. 

According to information gathered from reports, the crash happened when a Camaro was attempting to flee a sheriff’s traffic stop. The Camaro attempted to drive through the intersection headed east at over 100 miles per hour. While doing so, it crashed into a northbound vehicle. Both the Camaro and the vehicle it collided with then careened into westbound traffic that was stopped at the red light.

At least seven vehicles were involved in the deadly crash that ensued. Five cars were engulfed in flames, according to officials. Information provided by the Fresno County Coroner’s Office indicates that three victims lost their lives in the accident. 

One was a man who was traveling by himself, while the other two were two females who were traveling together. Their identities have not been disclosed to the public at this time. 

The driver of the Camaro was identified as Francisco Portillo, age 20, of Fresno. He was transported to the Community Regional Medical Center along with his girlfriend. They are both listed as in critical but stable condition. 

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the families of the deceased victims at this time. Our thoughts are with everyone involved and affected by this tragedy in Fresno. 

Car Crashes in Fresno

Auto accidents throughout California claim the lives of more than 3,400 people each year. These accidents are often preventable, yet more than 80% of accidents occur as a result of another driver’s reckless or negligent actions. The leading causes of crashes in our state include driving while impaired, careless driving, speeding, distracted driving and disregarding traffic control devices. In many cases, families of those killed are left to deal with overwhelming mental and emotional consequences while trying to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward.

As if dealing with overwhelming grief was not enough, numerous families are required to put forth tens of thousands of dollars to cover the funeral costs of their loved ones. When victims are killed in accidents resulting from the negligence of others, it is crucial that their families reach out to a wrongful death attorney in California as soon as possible. Although we understand that no amount of compensation could ever take away a family’s pain and suffering, compensation can help grieving families cover to costs of burial and funeral expenses and alleviate the impact of lost wages moving forward.

By retaining the assistance of a responsive and effective legal team after losing a loved one in an accident, you are in a better position to get the justice and compensation you need and deserve moving forward. With nearly four decades of experience, the California car accident attorneys at Torem & Associates have helped thousands of families hold wrongdoers accountable and get the justice they deserve for their loved ones. Being able to focus on moving forward after experiencing a loss is something our law firm is dedicated to helping our clients do. We work hard to help families protect their legal rights and best interests. If your loved one lost their life in a collision, and you believe negligence played a role, contact our personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles at (888) 500-5000 to see how we can help you.

Note: Our team of writers utilizes secondary sources when creating these posts.  These sources include but are not limited to local news reports, police accident reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents in Fresno.  For that reason, the details surrounding the incident have not been independently verified by our team of writers.  If you locate any information that is not correct in our post, please contact our firm right away so that we correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available.  

Disclaimer: Our firm, Torem & Associates, has worked hard to become valued members of the local business community.  We write these posts as a way to bring awareness to the dangers of driving or being a passenger in any type of automobile accident. We hope that through awareness, people will use additional caution when out on the roadways in Fresno and throughout California to prevent being seriously injured in a crash. This post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. The information provided in this post is meant to be informational and is not intended to be misconstrued as legal or medical advice. The photos used in the post are not representative of the actual accident scene. 


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