On Monday, October 10, 2016, a drunk driving collision took place near Fresno. The head-on auto accident occurred on Friant Road, north of Willow Avenue, at around 3:00 AM.
Albert Machado, 26, of North Hollywood, was driving a 2011 Infiniti, traveling the wrong-way on Friant Road.
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A Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy saw the car headed north in the southbound lane, coming towards him. The patrol vehicle avoided the collision with the Infiniti and then turned around to follow the auto.
Machado continued to drive north in the opposite lane of traffic. Kenneth Verhaar, 18, of Fresno, was traveling south on Friant, in a green Saturn at that time.
The Saturn was unable to avoid the Infiniti, and the two vehicles crashed head-on.
Verhaar was injured, as well as the three other occupants in the car. Jescenia Ganez, 18, Cassandra Sifuentes, 18, and a 17-year-old boy. All four victims were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
Machado was not hurt. He was arrested for DUI.
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