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Avenal Man Killed in Car Accident with Visalia Police Vehicle

November 1, 2014- an Avenal man was struck and killed by a patrol car in Visalia, early Saturday.  The vehicle collision occurred on Santa Fe Street at about 1:30 AM.

Rodrigo Cabral, 27 years old, of Avenal, was walking along Santa Fe Street, when he and two other men got into an altercation.  It is reported that he got knocked down and the other pedestrians left.  When he got up he walked into the roadway, some have reported that it was to flag down the oncoming police car.

Officer Max Navo was driving the patrol vehicle, responding to a call about a disturbance.  It is reported that he was going 30 miles per hour, when Cabral appeared in the street.  Navo attempted to brake and swerve out of the way, but did not do it in time and hit the pedestrian.

Cabral was rushed to Kaweah Delta Medical Center, in Visalia, to be treated for his serious injuries.  He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Bernadine Mannon, who is familiar with that stretch of Santa Fe Street, reported that that area of roadway is very dark.  It makes it hard to see anyone at night as you drive down the street.  Cabral was hit in an area of the road where there is just one sidewalk on the west side, and only a dirt shoulder on the east.

The law offices of Nelson and Rozier has handled similar cases in the past.  We were able to gather evidence and do an independent investigation to help those cases.  Please let us do the same for you.  Mr. Rozier is located right in Visalia, a few miles away from the accident.  Call him at at 559-713-0159  or reach him online at