One man is dead, and a woman has been left critically injured in an incident that authorities say was a DUI crash. According to a story appearing on the website for ABC 30 in Fresno, on Sunday, December 1st, Amado Mendez-Ventura, 22, of Madera driving under the influence of alcohol when he struck and killed Joshua Eisen, near Highway 99 and Clinton. The crash also left Mendez-Ventura’s passenger, Jen Ramos, with critical and life-threatening injuries.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrived on the scene minutes after the crash occurred. Mendez-Ventura was arrested on the scene on suspicion of DUI. A Breathalyzer test administered shortly after the crash showed that Mendez-Ventura had a blood alcohol level of 0.04 percent – or half of the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Michael Mitchell, attorney for Mendez-Ventura, believes because the test was administered a very short period after the fatal crash, the accident could have been the result of wet weather at the time. “On the day this occurred, it was rainy, windy. It’s possible his car hydroplaned and led to the accident,” he said.
Ms. Ramos was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, where she has already undergone several surgeries and is fighting for her life. Family and friends of Ramos have set up a crowdfunding page to help her and her family pay for medical and other expenses related to the crash.