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Passenger pronounced dead at the scene of alleged DUI crash in Visalia

Passenger pronounced dead at the scene of alleged DUI crash in Visalia


VISALIA – One driver is sitting behind bars after a deadly car accident left his passenger deceased at the scene.

According to the Visalia Police Department, at 4:20 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, officers responded to a traffic collision involving two vehicles. Officers responded and found the rear passenger in the 2001 Acura unresponsive. The victim’s name is being withheld pending verification. Fire personnel extracted the passenger from the vehicle and provided treatment. The passenger was unable to be revived at the scene and was pronounced deceased by EMS.

The driver of the 2001 Acura, 21-year-old Ricardo Tavizon, was given a field sobriety test before being arrested at the scene. He was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for minor injuries sustained during the collision and later booked for driving under the influence of a drug. VPD Traffic Units responded to complete the investigation and learned that Tavizon was traveling westbound on Avenue 272 and failed to yield to oncoming traffic when he attempted to cross Mooney. The car that collided with Tavizon’s was traveling northbound on Mooney and was being driven by 47-year-old Shane Minugh. All lanes of Mooney Blvd. were closed for approximately 5 hours while the scene was investigated. The collision is still under investigation.

Visalia Crime Log

Wednesday, May 1

At 6:56 a.m., the Visalia Police Department’s Narcotic Unit with the assistance of the Special Enforcement Unit served a Narcotic Search Warrant at a residence in the 500 Blk S. Garden. As a result of the search, Officers located and seized 21.3 grams of cocaine, two semi-automatic handguns, ammunition, a digital scale, and other indicia indicative of sales of narcotics. Suspect Alfonso Stephen Lopez, 34, and Joey Anthony Leija, 27, were arrested for possession of cocaine for sales, possession of cocaine while armed, gang enhancement and sales of cocaine near a school. Leija was also arrested for felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. They were both booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility.

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