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Lindsay man arrested for vehicular manslaughter, negligence

Lindsay man arrested for vehicular manslaughter, negligence

Isauro Navarete was driving as fast as 70 mph when he ran a stop sign and hit a car, killing the driver in rural Fresno County


FRESNO COUNTY – A Lindsay man was arrested for vehicular manslaughter last week after running a stop sign in rural Fresno County and crashing into another car, killing its driver. 

Isauro Navarrete, 36, of Lindsay was driving westbound on Jayne Avenue at speeds as high as 70 mph when he ran the stop sign at Highway 269 south of Huron, Calif. at 5:20 a.m. on May 1. Navarrete’s 2004 Ford Expedition T-boned a 2006 Nissan Altima that had made a full stop before heading northbound through the intersection. 

Both vehicles traveled in a northwesterly direction and came to rest in a dirt field on the northwest corner of the intersection. Navarrete and his four passengers (Fausto Ciriaco, 20; Brigido Galvez, 25; Lourdes Galvez, 25; and Flaviana Gomez, 46, all of Lindsay) were able to get out of the SUV. 

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The driver of the Nissan, only identified as a 50-year-old Avenal man, was critically injured as a result of the collision and succumbed to his injuries prior to emergency personnel arriving on scene. 

Navarrete was placed under arrest for vehicular manslaughter with gross-negligence and booked into Fresno County Jail. He was additionally booked on charges of driving without a license and providing false information to a police officer after being uncooperative with California Highway Patrol officers, according to the Coalinga CHP. Navarrete told officers he did not speak English and then changed his answer saying he did not speak Spanish. This collision is still under investigation but alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a factor in this collision. No one else was arrested.

Police can’t ID one of two people injured in crash
Another driver running a stop sign sent two people to the hospital 24 hours later. At 5:20 a.m. on May 2, a 2007 Chevy pickup traveling northbound on Road 100 ran the stop sign at Avenue 320. Road 100 ends at Avenue 320 and is only an unpaved road north of Avenue 320. The Chevy was T-boned on the passenger side by a GMC pickup traveling westbound on Avenue 320 which was unable to avoid the collision. 

The impact ejected the driver of the Chevy, only identified as John Doe, who was not wearing a seatbelt. The unknown man and the driver of the GMC, 48-year-old Rui Paulo Silva of Visalia, both sustained major injuries and were transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for treatment. 

“The John Doe did not have any identification with him in the vehicle so we are having trouble identifying him,” said Steve Beal, public information officer for the Visalia Area CHP.

The cause of this collision is still under investigation. Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected to be a contributing factor in this collision. Those with information regarding this collision are encouraged to contact the CHP Visalia Area Public Information Officer, Steve Beal, at 559-734-6767. 

“The CHP wants to remind people to buckle up,” said Beal. “Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way for people to reduce fatalities and injuries in motor vehicle collisions.”

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