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Mother and Daughter Killed in Hit and Run Accident on Chestnut Avenue, in Fresno

Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield Collision Attorney John L. Rozier has the following accident report; On Saturday, November 22, 2014, a fatal hit and run crash took place in southeast Fresno.  The DUI collision occurred at about 11:20 PM, at the Jensen and Chestnut intersection.
Rafael Arce Pedroza, who officers say was driving while intoxicated, was traveling in a Suzuki SUV on Chestnut Avenue.  He was speeding toward the intersection of Chestnut and Jensen avenues, when he hit a Nissan Pathfinder from behind, that was stopped at a red light.
The Nissan was driven by Jacqueline Rivera and also included her husband; Jose Chavez, son; Jose Chavez, daughter; Aaliyah Chavez, and her son’s girlfriend; Savanni Ung.
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The collision with the Sport Utility Vehicle caused the Pathfinder to overturn multiple times and hit a light pole in the intersection.  The car then caught fire, after the gas tank ruptured.
Pedroza was said to have fled the scene of the accident on foot.  He was later found and arrested in his apartment.
Jose Chavez, his son, and Savanni Ung were all able to get free of the burning vehicle.  While Jacqueline Rivera and her daughter Aaliyah who were unconscious from the collision were not rescued in time.
Pedroza and the three victims in the Pathfinder all suffered minor to moderate injuries.  They were taken to Community Regional Medical Center, for treatment.
Mr. Rozier is located in Visalia and would like to speak to the family of the accident victims.  Please give him a call at 559-713-0159  or reach him at