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Coroner IDs Dodge Charger Driver Who Died in Blackstone Ave Crash



According to witnesses, a man driving a Dodger Charger was racing a pickup on Blackstone Avenue before Monday's fatal crash. (GV Wire/Paul Marshall)
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A street race early Monday afternoon resulted in the death of Aeneas McClain, 18, of Fresno who was driving a Dodge Charger when it crashed near Blackstone and San Jose avenues.

He was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The Fresno County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office identified McClain as the victim on Tuesday afternoon.

The drivers of two other vehicles struck by the Charger had minor injuries, said Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley.

The collision, which occurred at about 1:30 .m., closed both sides of Blackstone Avenue between Shaw and Barstow avenues until about 6:50 p.m.

Investigation Details Thus Far

“The investigation so far has revealed that a gray Dodge Charger was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound Blackstone, approaching San Jose when it struck a red GMC pickup,” Dooley said. “That collision caused the Dodge Charger to spin into the oncoming, southbound lanes of Blackstone, where it struck a black GMC pickup.

“Both the black GMC pickup and the Dodge Charger came to rest at the southwest corner of San Jose and Blackstone.”

Witnesses told investigating officers that the Charger was racing a different pickup northbound on Blackstone before the collision. That pickup wasn’t involved in the fatal collision.

“Detectives are working on identifying the driver of that vehicle,” Dooley said.

(GV Wire/Paul Marshall)


Crews started to tow the wrecked vehicles from Blackstone Ave and San Jose around 5:30 p.m. Monday (GV Wire/Paul Marshall)

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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