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Fresno Man Killed by Suspected Drunk, Red-Light Runner Identified



Fresno police say that Andrew Calderon, 40, of Fresno, will be charged with DUI resulting in death and vehicular manslaughter. (Shutterstock)
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Victor Cardenas, 29, of Fresno died late Wednesday night in an accident caused by a drunk driver who police say drove through a red light at Shields Avenue and Fresno Street.

Cardenas’ identity was released to the media Thursday evening.

According to police, Andrew Calderon, 40, of Fresno initially cooperated with officers after they conducted a traffic stop for non-moving traffic violations at Shields and First Avenue.

Suspect Flees Traffic Stop

But he suddenly drove away at a high rate of speed. Calderon, who is on parole for felony domestic violence, had a no-bail parole warrant for his arrest, police said.

Officers initially pursued Calderon, who was driving a Chevy Tahoe, before deciding to pull back.

Calderon continued at a high speed anyway, ran the red light, and collided with Cardenas, who was driving a Chevy Cruze, police said. Cardenas was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center, where he died a short time later.

Calderon in Hospital, Faces Felony Charges

EMS also transported Calderon to CRMC, where he is in critical condition. He will be charged with several felonies, including DUI resulting in death and vehicular manslaughter, police said.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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